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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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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

An engaging documentary ...

July 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.

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…

...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.

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

A portrait of a young man who never expected to serve life in prison for a first-time drug offense and whose true-life escape from a Turkish prison was dramatized effectively by Oliver Stone but with a needless demonization of the Turks.

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…

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