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Midnight Express [DVD] [30th Anniversary Edition]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on William Hayes's autobiography, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS tells the harrowing story of a young American tourist arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison by Turkish authorities for trying to smuggle two kilos of hashish out of the country. Billy (Brad Davis), suffering through the harsh realities of the Turkish penal system, sees a glimmer of hope when his father (Billy Kellin) arrives from the States with the intention of securing his son's release. But when that effort fails and the prison's savage environment becomes too much to bear, Billy opts for the only possible solution: breaking out of jail and riding the "midnight express"--prison slang for escape--to freedom.

    Director Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING), aided by Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning script, fastens an unflinching gaze into the darkest recesses of physical and emotional cruelty. Supporting cast members Randy Quaid, John Hurt, and Bo Hopkins give stellar performances, and Giorgio Moroder supplies a jagged yet entrancing soundtrack for a film that is at one and the same time a Kafkaesque nightmare, a riveting expos, and a testament to the dogged human thirst for dignity.

    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1978 Oliver Stone Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
    Academy Awards Best Original Score 1978 Giorgio Moroder Music producer/composer

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22609

  • Credits
    Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Bo Hopkins, Mike Kellin
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The] cast, direction and production are all very good..."

    "[A] harrowing depiction of the torment of an American serving time in Turkey..."

    4 stars out of 5 -- "The performances are good, especially John Hurt as Hayes' prison confidant..."

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Parker's film is powerful and harrowing, with fine performances from Brad Davis as Hayes and John Hurt as his frail Brit fellow-prisoner."
    Total Film

    3 stars out of 5 -- "[G]rippingly well-made stuff."

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