Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Midnight Express

1978 Britsh/American Feature

Cast: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser and John Hurt
Director: Alan Parker
Writer: Oliver Stone, based on the book by William Hayes and William Hoffer

The true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into a hellish prison.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 90%
  • Metacritic - Critics: % / Audience: %
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Original Score; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Hurt) and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Direction, Supporting Actor (Hurt) and Film Editing; also nominated for Best Film, Actor (Davis) and Most Promising Newcomer (Davis).
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture - Drama, Supporting Actor (Hurt), Acting Debut - Male (Davis), Acting Debut - Female (Miracle), Screenplay and Original Score; also nominated for Director and Actor (Davis).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Drama.

  • The non-fiction book Midnight Express by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer was first published in 1977. The title is prison slang for an inmate's escape attempt.
  • Casting Call: Sam Bottoms, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid and John Travolta.
  • In the film, Billy Hayes courteously declines the amorous advances of one of his fellow inmates. In actuality, the real Hayes had an ongoing affair with this man, not just a brief encounter in the shower. Additionally, the film's attempted rape scene was fictionalized.
  • First movie to win an Oscar for Best Original Score featuring a totally synthesized music score.

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