Midnight Express

Midnight Express

DVD - 2008
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This film is based on a true story. William Hayes, a naive young American vacationing with his girlfriend in Istanbul, Turkey, tries to smuggle a couple of kilos of hash out of the country. He is caught, thrown into a Turkish prison, and subsequently raped, tortured, and forced into the brutality that defines the inmates' constant struggle for survival. There are other foreigners there, many for smuggling, and word is that the only way out of the jail is by dying, or taking "the midnight express." Max, his friend and fellow inmate swears, "That train doesn't run around here."
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2008
Edition: 30th anniversary ed. Widescreen
ISBN: 9781424884421
142488442X
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MIDNIGHT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Mayflower94 Aug 16, 2017

Heavy story. Great performance. Makes you give another thought to crime and punishment, justice and mercy.

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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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