Midnight Express

Midnight Express

DVD - 2006
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A young man is caught smuggling hashish out of Istanbul and is thrown into the city's most brutal jail.
Audience: Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
OFRB rating: Restricted.
Publisher: Culver City : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Midni
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in French with French subtitles.

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Punnoval
Dec 30, 2019

If you are looking for a hack director with Hollywood credibility, one of the first people you look at is Alan Parker.
Although Parker is better known as the director of schlock quasi-musicals like "The Commitments" and "Evita", he certainly is in his element here. There is no background on how the dorky BIlly (Brad Davis) got the hash to smuggle, no reasonable scenario on how to bribe one's way out of jail, there are an infinite number of evil Turks, and (not the least), the arrival of his former girlfriend with cash to bribe his way out. And... (of course), there doesn't seem to be any sort of hierarchy which normally exists in prisons as in Audiard's "The Prophet".
To top it off, after months of pummeling, Billy-boy still manages to steal a uniform and sneak his way out of Turkey. Grrrreat!

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loella
Oct 05, 2019

There isn't enough emotional and intellectual substance to this story of wrongful imprisonment and escape to make it nearly as compelling as Bresson's A Man Escaped, and since it wasn't budgeted to be an action blockbuster like Escape from Alcatraz or a war epic like The Great Escape, it really needs more fully developed, sympathetic characters than what it has on hand. Brad Davis is OK as Billy Hayes (who, unlike what the movie maintains, really was a drug smuggler), and perhaps it's a virtue that he never succeeds in making Billy sympathetic, just kinda pitiable. John Hurt as the English prisoner who's the longest resident foreigner in the prison is a bit more than OK. The Turks in the film are uniformly despicable in one way or another, which has been condemned as Western-chauvinistic ever since the movie came out but really is an old, old trope in Western theater and literature. The film is often beautiful, but as such only makes one wonder what purposes the beauty serves. Giorgio Moroder's acclaimed and Oscar-winning electronic score is restrained to the point of being completely forgettable, and together with the overall pace of the film, makes two hours awfully long. --Ray Olson

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nguyent503
Jun 10, 2019

I only watch the movie last week (June 2019) and it is so much better and exciting than half of the movies (MARVEL/DC) in theater right now. Recommended!

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 31, 2016

Brad Davis plays a young man who made the mistake of trying to make a quick buck by smuggling drugs out of Turkey. He then gets to live in one of the worst prisons in the world. Which is worse, that prison or hell? This must be one of the best prison films ever made.

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erikgras
Oct 14, 2015

one of my fav. movies of all time. highly recommended

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britprincess1
Jan 21, 2014

An amazing prison film about the punishment failing to fit the crime, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS is beautifully crafted. It is brutal and seemingly realistic, telling the story of a young American man trapped in a Turkish prison, the effect that has on him, and how that young man eventually decides he cannot take it any longer. If you can handle it, I highly recommend it.

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penguen_o
Jul 05, 2010

Bill Hayes, on whose book this movie was based, said in an interview that the movie distorts the reality of Turkish prisons. He does not say that Turkish prisons were good. But he said that all Turks were depicted as evil in the movie, which is not true. You can find the interview on youtube.

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Charlie68
Nov 12, 2009

Youngsters, dont try to smuggle drugs out of Turkey, it ends up bad. Well anywhere where western justice cant reach. Good movie though, the ending seems a little unbelievable, but sometimes stuff like that happens.

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Charlie68
Dec 21, 2009

Charlie68 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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