Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2017)

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"Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey" explores the emotional and political power of film as seen through the lens of the blockbuster hit, "Midnight Express" when Billy Hayes, the real life subject, returns to Turkey thirty years after his daring escape from prison to face the nation still haunted by the film.

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Critic Reviews for Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An engaging documentary ...

Jul 20, 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.

Jun 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.

Sep 6, 2016 | 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.

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

...fascinating documentary about the making and veracity of Midnight Express, a film that supposedly told the true story of Billy Hayes...in this documentary we meet the real Billy Hayes, and it's starkly different from the movie.

Jul 25, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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