Midnight express

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Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a naïve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) when he's caught by customs officials trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish out of the country. The crime would normally carry a sentence of four years, but officials decide to make an example of Billy, and he draws a 30-year sentence despite the promises of his Turkish legal counsel. While Susan and Billy's father (Mike Kellin) pledge to do everything they can to speed Billy's release, in fact there's little than can be done. Billy quickly finds himself in a hellish prison that's a nightmare of filth, violence, rape, inedible food, and unspeakable health conditions. However, Billy gains a few confidantes behind bars: Jimmy (Randy Quaid), an American in a constant state of emotional overdrive; Max (John Hurt), an intelligent, drug-addicted Englishman; and Erich (Norbert Weisser), a gay Scandinavian who is attracted to Billy but accepts his gentle refusals of sex. Before long, Billy is convinced that he can take no more, and he makes plans to take the "midnight express" -- jailhouse slang for escape. While his friends are willing to help, they also make clear that almost no one who has tried to escape has lived to tell the tale. Based on a true story, Midnight Express was a box-office hit which won wide acclaim for the performances of Brad Davis and John Hurt; and the screenplay, by Oliver Stone, won an Academy Award. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID03c73cd1-0dfd-72e3-db6f-d92fa24a8080
Grouping Titlemidnight express
Grouping Authorcolumbia pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2020-01-21 12:41:13PM
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auth_author2Bonacelli, Paolo, 1939-
Davis, Brad, 1949-1991,
Davis, Brad, 1949-1991.
Hayes, Billy.
Hoffer, William.
Hopkins, Bo, 1942-
Hurt, John, 1940-2017,
Hurt, John, 1940-2017.
Jeffrey, Peter, 1929-1999.
Kellin, Mike, 1922-1983.
Marshall, Alan, 1938-
Miracle, Irene,
Miracle, Irene.
Moroder, Giorgio,
Moroder, Giorgio.
Parker, Alan, 1944-
Puttnam, David, 1941-
Quaid, Randy, 1950-
Seresin, Michael.
Smith, Paul, 1936-2012.
Stone, Oliver.
author2-roleBonacelli, Paolo,1939-
Casablanca Filmworks.
Columbia Pictures.
Columbia TriStar Home Video (Firm)
Davis, Brad,1949-1991,actor.
Davis, Brad,1949-1991.
Hayes, Billy.Midnight express.
Hoffer, William.Midnight express.
Hopkins, Bo,1942-
Hurt, John,1940-2017,actor.
Hurt, John,1940-2017.
Jeffrey, Peter,1929-1999.
Kellin, Mike,1922-1983.
Marshall, Alan,1938-
Miracle, Irene,actor.
Miracle, Irene.
Moroder, Giorgio,composer.
Moroder, Giorgio.
Parker, Alan,1944-
Parker, Alan,1944-director.
Puttnam, David,1941-
Quaid, Randy,1950-
Quaid, Randy,1950-actor.
Seresin, Michael.
Smith, Paul,1936-2012.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
Stone, Oliver.
available_at_cmcCMC Leadville Campus
GCP Rifle Branch
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display_descriptionThis 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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subject_facetAction and adventure films
Escapes -- Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Films for the hearing impaired
Hashish -- Drama
Hayes, Billy. -- Drama
Hayes, Billy. -- Film adaptations
Istanbul (Turkey)
Prison films
Prisons -- Drama
Prisons -- Turkey -- Drama
Prisons -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- Drama
Smuggling -- Drama
Smuggling -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- Drama
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayMidnight express
title_fullMidnight express / 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
Midnight express [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures presents a Casablanca Filmworks production ; an Alan Parker film ; directed by Alan Parker ; produced by Alan Marshall and David Puttman ; screenplay by Oliver Stone
Midnight express [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures presents a Casablanca Filmworks production ; an Alan Parker film ; directed by Alan Parker ; produced by Alan Marshall and David Puttnam ; screenplay by Oliver Stone
title_shortMidnight express
Hayes, Billy