Rent Midnight Express (1978)

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1h 56min
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Synopsis:
"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.
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Directors:
Producers:
Alan Marshall, David Puttnam
Writers:
Billy Hayes, William Hoffer, Oliver Stone
Others:
Oliver Stone, Giorgio Moroder, Gerry Hambling
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1979 BAFTA Best Direction

1979 BAFTA Best Editing

1979 BAFTA Best Supporting Actor

1979 Oscar Best Music Original Score

1979 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/05/1999
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary with Director Alan Parker
  • Three New Featurettes: "The Producers", "The Production" and "The Finished Film"
  • Photo Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/07/2009
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary with director Alan Parker
  • Featurettes
  • The making-of Midnight express
  • Photo gallery

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Reviews (1) of Midnight Express

One of the best prison films ever - Midnight Express review by PT

Spoiler Alert
02/03/2017

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.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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