Midnight Express
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Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a na´ve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) when he's caught by customs officials trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish out of the country. The crime would normally carry a sentence of four years, but officials decide to make an example of Billy, and he draws a 30-year sentence despite the promises of his Turkish legal counsel. While Susan and Billy's father (Mike Kellin) pledge to do… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It defined the hell of a Turkish prison whil portraying the humanity needed to survive such a terrible place."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A solid prison film that feels so real that if you heard a voiceover you'd swear it was a documentary."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Director Alan Parker's right. His 1978 riveting prison drama still holds up."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"harrowing and involving"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Intense, but somewhat false 'true' story distinguised by Parker's direction."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"a brutal and brutalizing film whose effects have diminished little in the decades since its controversial theatrical release in the late 1970s"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Horrific scenes of prison brutality and powerful acting by Brad Davis as the American Billy Hayes help make up for the shortcomings in Alan Parker's sensationalistic tale and Oliver Stone's factual inaccuracies."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Searing and unforgettable. A harrowing descent into a real-life hell that's so relentlessly intense it will leave you feeling drained."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Grim, nightmarish, unforgettabe prison tale"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Alan Parker's Midnight Express works like a hammer lock on the viewer's mind."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Strong stuff indeed...swells proportional sight and sound subjectively to convey Hayes' nightmarish experience but also hypes up a story that probably doesn't need the help. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Despite the negative hullabaloo "Midnight Express" provoked for its brutal characterization of Turkish prison officials, director Alan Parker's rendering of Oliver Stone's exploitation screenplay is a stick of pure cinematic dynamite."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"All modern-day jail flicks owe it a debt."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Suffers from the kind of excess -- and hyperbole -- writer Oliver Stone brought to his own films as director."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A genuinely disturbing prison film in the tradition of PAPILLON"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
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