Midnight Express

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On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is caught attempting to smuggle two kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who sold him the hashish. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou (Paul L. Smith) ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (Randy Quaid) (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich (Norbert ...

Director: Alan Parker
Writer: Oliver Stone (screenplay), Billy Hayes (book), William Hoffer (book)
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Year: 1978
MetaScore: 59/100
ImdbRating: 7.6
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 06 Oct 1978
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations.


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Billy Hayes - Brad Davis
Hamidou - Paul L. Smith
Jimmy Booth - Randy Quaid
Max - John Hurt
Mr. Hayes - Mike Kellin
Stanley Daniels - Michael Ensign
Chief Judge - Gigi Ballista
Prosecutor - Kevork Malikyan
Airport Customs Officer - Joe Zammit Cordina
Airport Police Chief - Yashar Adem
Airport Security Chief - Raad Rawi
Aslan - Tony Boyd
Police Detective - Zannino
Court Translator / Police officer (as Michael Yannatos) - Mihalis Giannatos
Long-Haired Man at Airport - Alan Parker