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Midnight express

Author: Alan ParkerAlan MarshallDavid PuttnamOliver StoneBrad DavisAll authors
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : 30th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Crime films
Biographical films
Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Prison films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Adventure films
Adventure
Film and video adaptations
Teatro
Named Person: Billy Hayes; Billy Hayes; Billy Hayes
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Parker; Alan Marshall; David Puttnam; Oliver Stone; Brad Davis; Irene Miracle; Bo Hopkins; Paolo Bonacelli; Paul Smith; Randy Quaid; John Hurt; Mike Kellin; Peter Jeffrey; Billy Hayes; Columbia Pictures.; Casablanca Filmworks.; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 142488442X 9781424884421
OCLC Number: 989944239
Language Note: In English or dubbed French with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed captioned.
Notes: Based on the book by William Hayes with William Hoffer.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1978.
Special features: Commentary with director Alan Parker [optional audio feature]; The producers [featurette] (26 min.); The production [featurette] (25 min.); The finished film [featurette] (24 min.); Photo gallery [slide show] (13 min.); Previews (6 min.).
Credits: Lighting cameraman, Michael Seresin ; editor, Gerry Hambling ; music, Giorgio Moroder ; production designer, Geoffrey Kirkland.
Cast: Brad Davis (Billy Hayes), Irene Miracle (Susan), Bo Hopkins (Tex), Paolo Bonacelli (Rifki), Paul Smith (Hamidou), Randy Quaid (Jimmy Booth), Norbert Weisser (Erich), John Hurt (Max), Mike Kellin (Mr. Hayes), Franco Diogene (Yesil), Micheal Ensign (Stanley Daniels), Gigi Ballista (Chief Judge), Kevork Malikyan (Prosecutor), Peter Jeffrey (Ahmet).
Awards: Winner, 1978 Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Oliver Stone; and Best Music, Original Score: Giorgio Moroder.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated R.
Description: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, Dolby Digital mono; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Contents: Packing --
Security check --
Strip search --
Not afraid --
Chicken out --
Blindfold --
Peacocks --
"It's not a train" --
Sitting tight --
With good time --
Turkish revenge --
Cat call --
Blueprint --
Tortured --
Another way out --
Istanbul blues --
Like butter --
Breaking out --
Dead end --
No shape to kill --
Bad news --
Insane --
Circle walk --
Girlfriend visits --
Wrong way --
Photo album --
Bribe --
Key to freedom.
Other Titles: Midnight express (Motion picture : 1978)
Responsibility: Columbia Pictures presents a Casablanca Filmworks production ; an Alan Parker film ; screenplay by Oliver Stone ; produced by Alan Marshall and David Puttnam ; directed by Alan Parker.

Abstract:

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."

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