Starring: Brad Davis, Randy Quaid & John Hurt
Director: Alan Parker
The mother of all prison escape movies. This is the true story of Billy Hayes, who was busted for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey and spent five years in the squalor and terror of a Turkish prison. Midnight Express is not an experience easily shaken. Yet it is a film for our times that teaches a powerful and important lesson.
Hayes's ever-present desire to get on the "Midnight Express" (prison slang for escape) makes this thriller totally engrossing as it reaches an effective climax.
Great moviemaking, though not as faithful to Hayes' true story as filmmakers would have us to believe. Oscar winner for Oliver Stone's script and Giorgio Moroder's score. (121 mins.)
My Rating: ****