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.
Run time: 121 mins
In Theaters: Friday 6th October 1978
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
Director: Alan Parker
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone
Starring: Brad Davis as Billy Hayes, Irene Miracle as Susan, Bo Hopkins as Tex, Randy Quaid as Jimmy Booth, John Hurt as Max, Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels, Paul L. Smith as Hamidou, Norbert Weisser as Erich, Mike Kellin as Mr. Hayes, Frano Diogene as Yesil, Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels