"Midnight Express" is the harrowing story of Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), a young American tourist condemned to a Turkish prison for his futile attempt to smuggle hashish out of the country. Made an example of by a corrupt legal system and a victim of ineffectual diplomacy, Hayes is sentenced to 30 years and must overcome ruthless brutality and his own descent into madness in order to survive and, hopefully, escape.
One of the best prison films ever
- Midnight Express review by PT
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Based on a true story about an American student caught at a Turkish airport attempting to smuggle a relatively small amount of dope out of the country.
Initially sentenced to 4 years, his sentence is extended to life.
The Turkish jail's are a nightmare come true, making our jail's look like 5 star hotels in comparison. The brutality of the guards, especially "Hamid the bear" is a sadistic vision of hell, who can forget this beast of a man wiping his sweaty brow as he puts all his energy into a beating.
Brad Davis is stupendous in the lead and captures the deterioration of a healthy young man into a virtually broken spirit consummately.
Don't miss this train, it's a ride you'll never forget.