Midnight Express


Midnight Express Review

"Oh, Billy!"

Alan Parker's greatest achievement is probably this harrowing -- and infamous -- account of an American who foolishly tries to smuggle back drugs from his visit to Turkey. He's quickly made an example of and tossed into a revolting prison cell. After his 3 1/2-year sentence is nearly up, it's extended for 20 years. You can imagine how he feels, and are faced with the horrors of seeing it all on the screen. Based on Billy Hayes' book and a script from Oliver Stone, Midnight Express has earned a (rightful) reputation as one of the most distrubing films about third-world prisons... or any other prison, for that matter. All modern-day jail flicks owe it a debt.

Midnight Express

Facts and Figures

Run time: 121 mins

In Theaters: Friday 6th October 1978

Budget: $2.3M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Columbia Films S.A.


Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Billy Hayes, as Susan, as Tex, as Jimmy Booth, as Max, Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels, Paul L. Smith as Hamidou, as Erich, Mike Kellin as Mr. Hayes, Frano Diogene as Yesil, Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels