Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey

2016, Documentary, 1h 39m

9 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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Billy Hayes, the inspiration behind the blockbuster "Midnight Express," returns to Turkey 30 years after his daring escape to meet with a group of Turkish policemen.

Cast & Crew

Peter Greenberg
Self
Anthony Morina
Producer
Anthony Morina
Executive Producer
Sean Fanton
Film Editor
Anthony Marinelli
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Critic Reviews for Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey

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  • Midnight Return rambles and meanders, losing the plot along the way.

    February 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An engaging documentary ...

    July 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Midnight Return is much more invested in the film's long shadow, exploring how the storyline was parodied and referenced for decades, leaving a damaging lasting impression of Turkey as a scary, barbaric society.

    July 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The movie is not quite as successful at telling Mr. Hayes's story... But sparks fly once Mr. Hayes joins the Midnight Express entourage when it plays the 1978 Cannes film festival.

    June 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Both a behind-the-scenes account of the original production and a feature-length mea culpa for a work that "misrepresented an entire country and group of people," to quote one Turkish expert interviewed early on.

    September 6, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Makes the most of its talking head presentation.

    February 28, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Midnight Return rambles and meanders, losing the plot along the way.

    February 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An engaging documentary ...

    July 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Midnight Return is much more invested in the film's long shadow, exploring how the storyline was parodied and referenced for decades, leaving a damaging lasting impression of Turkey as a scary, barbaric society.

    July 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The movie is not quite as successful at telling Mr. Hayes's story... But sparks fly once Mr. Hayes joins the Midnight Express entourage when it plays the 1978 Cannes film festival.

    June 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Makes the most of its talking head presentation.

    February 28, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a fascinating thesis tucked into Midnight Return: The Story Of Billy Hayes And Turkey, and it's only partially about the idea contained in the title of Sally Sussman's uneven documentary.

    January 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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