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

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

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

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



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Awards:
  • 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.

Notes/Trivia:
  • 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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