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Plot: Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. Runtime: 121 min Release Date: 06 Oct 1978
The greatest prison movie ... sublimated by an unforgettable score ... (by ElMaruecan82)
The iconic score from Giorgio Moroder still echoes the sound of an eternal moral battle between hope and desperateness, about standing against adversity, or dying slowly when the light of hope is weakening. And "Midnight Express" communicates these emotions through one of the greatest male performances ever, from Brad Davis, as Billy Hayes, a stranger in a hostile country.And this is the point to be cleared first, for intellectual honesty's sake. Till now, the movie is held responsible for having paved the way to a whole misconception about Turkish prisons in general and Turks <more>
more particularly ironically, this is how the movie lurched so fast into Pop-Culture . But I don't think we should blame the film for having depicted a population in such an extreme way for two reasons. First, it's against the system more than the people. Secondly, dramatization is a key element, had the movie been more politically correct, it would have probably been less impacting without gaining more accuracy. Dramatization is affection : like many men thought twice before having a mistress, after they watched "Fatal Attraction", I'm sure the movie was a lesson to drug smugglers.And as ludicrous as it sounds, a sincere inaccuracy is better than a hypocritical tolerance. After all, aren't we all biased, too? And aren't the others? If you put the film into perspective, Turkey had a very bad reputation because of men like Billy Hayes, and he was chosen by destiny to take all the punishment, to set an example. Billy had to commit this mistake to realize that. And we put ourselves in his shoes, we follow Billy in the toilets where he desperately tries to hide his anxiety, we feel our heart beating as fast as his. Alan Parker's direction perfectly emphasizes the whole paranoid feeling, it's like we got so high everything became suspect. When the eyes of Billy betray him and the guards search him, we feel like carrying hashish too, then, when Billy raises his arms and the ring of guards point guns at him, we know the doors of a hellish journey have just been opened. The empathy between the viewer and Billy is so strong that from this point, both feelings are combined, including, the hate against the Turkish system.I insist on the word 'system' because Billy is indeed the scapegoat of a system where corruption and legality flirt together in an obscene masquerade, like the funny but meaningful image of a judge staring at a girl's sexy legs in the press room while Billy's is pleading for his cause. It's a crooked system disguising Billy's punishment as a victory in the war against drug smuggling. Billy accepts the punishment after a heart-breaking leaving scene with his father; he's ready to wait for four long years. He befriends Jimmy Randy Quaid a hot-headed American who's got only one thing in head, escape and Max, the English John Hurt , a smooth talking, pot-smoker and detached intellectual. During this time, as I said, we –as viewers- feel a strong attachment to Billy, we can't wait for him getting out of prison as we're embarked with him in the same hell. And we see Turkish people the way he does, yes, they are vile, and corrupted, but don't forget the movie sitting in the throne of IMDb's Top 250 doesn't feature the nicest warden and chief guard in the world either. Again, my point is to put things into perspective, Billy's hate is a reaction to the hostility aimed at him. Billy's considered as "Ayip", impure, from the start. We can't perceive the brutal Hamidou and the sneaky Rifki's with other eyes. This is the power of "Midnight Express", something I don't think any other prison movies achieved, making us feel exactly like the central character whose emotions are magnificently expressed through Moroder's unforgettable score, my favorite after "The Godfather"."Midnight Express" is definitely one of these films where the score and the story are inseparable: the iconic chase theme is like the rhythm of our own heart pounding as we're running with Billy. Also take the scene with the Swedish prisoner, despite the disturbing intimacy, the music helped me to empathize, to wonder how I would have handled these four years without expressing some feelings. Beyond the music, "Midnight Express" is one of these great cinematic achievements where everything is so perfectly combined we don't watch the film, we feel it. The prison's ugliness exudes from a beautiful cinematography and the hostility of Billy's world is so masterfully directed, you can feel the dirt on the beds, and smell the sweat of other prisoners, not to mention the perfect acting that made the realism of the story even scarier.The only element that seems to disturb is the script, but if the music is the heart of the film, the script is the soul. Yes, it's politically incorrect, yes after his sentence was extended to perpetuity, Billy delivered one of the most racist rants ever said, but this is not where the movie sinned: as I said, this is the movie's sincerity speaking. It's a gut wrenching speech, because this is not Billy talking, this is the desperation of someone who's got nothing to lose, who played the game and lost it. And more than that, this is Billy's turning point from which, he and Jimmy and Max will try to catch the Midnight Express, the metaphorical train leading to freedom, while they are already standing on a less imaginary stairway to hell, preparing Billy for one of the most chilling, and realistic descents into madness, ever portrayed in film. So sad, such an amazing actor and promising career had to leave us so soon."Midnight Express" transcends its setting, and sublimates any critical aspect into an intense story about the power of human spirit struggling in a hostile environment ... a misunderstood masterpiece, the greatest prison movie, and one of the best of the 70's.
link to an interview with William Hayes about midnight express (by shcaliskan)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v TweU77cDrgE I find it rather unbelievable that viewers of this film find this film's view of Turkish people believable. This film's depiction of Turks is one sided to the extent of being racist. To the extent that one thinks it was not a coincidence and was financed by a lobby that had an agenda.It may have been understandable if it was only the prison guards and policeman, and the soldiers etc, who were represented as pigs. OK, in that case we see the world from the eyes of the individual who is quashed by the legal system and enforcement of a state for <more>
a petty crime of smuggling some weed... It would be OK if the target here was the "State".However in this movie any Turk is a bad guy, filthy guy, a rapist, a liar ...How could any audience find this believable? To think that this movie got two Oscars, one for screenplay... Anyway the link above is an interview with the guy that wrote the book which Oliver Stone's screenplay is based on. You can listen to his version of the story where Turks are just like any other people and their "turkish prison" is about as bad as any other prison in the world...
Brad Davis, Giorgio Moroder and Alan Parker (by Oggz)
No matter how many times I've watched this, I invariably shake like a leaf for Billy Hayes as Alan Parker makes us follow him through the passport and customs control in the film's majestic expository first minutes. And I always hope against hope that he'll make it to that aircraft and fly off with his loot. But no - each and every time, they get to him, he raises his hands in the air and that precise moment Giorgio's electrifying pads kick in like a tidal wave.Proceed through for a disturbing, serious, harrowing, multi-layered mega performance by Brad Davis, a sadly missed <more>
icon if ever there was one, impeccably directed by Alan Parker and beautifully coloured by Giorgio Moroder at his big screen best. And yes, "The Chase" is in there - ever heard the 12" version on a dancefloor? You must.This film plays hardball with you and will inflict psychological pain on you like you'll never forget. Fantastic.
Very Powerful Film, Despite Several Distortions of The Real Story. (by jbartelone)
Midnight Express tells the story of a young American, Billy Hayes, who was arrested in 1970 for possession of Hashish in Istanbul Turkey. The film chronicles Billy's journey into the nightmarish hell of the Turkish prison. Slowly, the viewer begins to see how Billy's personality begins to change from a fun-loving individual, to a decaying vegetable as the justice system betrays him. Originally sentenced to 4 years and two months, the head prosecutor successfully appeals the verdict to the Turkish Supreme Court, forcing the trial court judge to resentence Billy to a minimum of 30 <more>
years.The torture scenes involving Billy getting sadistically beaten by the prison guard Hamadu are very painful to watch, especially a scene early on in the film where Billy is strung up by his ankles and beaten on a rack for taking a blanket without permission. Billy and his inmates escape plans provide great dramatic tension in a terrific narrative style. Ultimately, Billy engages in a brutal fight with an inmate named Rifki, whom everyone hates, especially Billy, because Rifki rats on all of the prisoners. Rifki likes to make life even more miserable for the inmates. As punishment, Billy is sent to the prison's Section 13 for the criminally insane.Billy is given bribe money by his girlfriend Susan who comes to see him in a heartbreaking scene. Almost all of Billy's inner-strength is taken away by the harsh realities of the prison. However, he is able to say "I love you" through many tears.The head guard Hamidou refuses to be bought, and takes Billy to the Sanitarium where he beats him, and tries to have sex with him. Billy charges the guard, rams the guard's head into a spike on the wall, killing him. Stealing his uniform, Billy escapes the prison and shortly afterward we learn that he arrived home with his family 3 weeks later.I have actually read Billy Hayes' book, Midnight Express. In reality, Billy did not have any major quarrels with the Turkish people. The film shows the opposite. There was really only one guard that treated him badly, but nowhere near what Hamidou did in the movie. In reality, Billy never was transferred to the insane part of the prison for fighting. He had one minor altercation with an inmate. The book talks more about the unsanitary conditions of the prison. There are many instances in the book that will make you want to surrender your lunch, unfortunately. The biggest distortion is that in real-life, Billy Hayes never killed any guard as a part of his escape plan. He simply got out one night and swam across the boarder into Greece and that was it.There are differences in how the film was made as well. The Turkish Government was outraged at how this movie distorted the real Billy Hayes case and refused to allow the movie to be filmed there. Most of the film was shot off the island of Malta. A good deal of the language spoken in the movie is NOT Turkish, but Maltese, which to the untrained ear, is often mistaken for Turkish dialect.Nevertheless, I rate the film highly because it is still a very good movie with great acting, music, and dramatic tension. Amazingly, the actor who played Billy Hayes, Brad Davis, died of AIDS. He did an excellent job as the real Billy Hayes. In my view, many scenes had to be changed for dramatic effect. You will remember this film forever. It will undoubtedly make you think twice about doing something stupid in a foreign country! Despite its flaws, when compared to Billy Hayes' real-life story, Midnight Express is still a very emotional film that withstands the test of time. It would be a 10/10 if it were closer to the truth. However, the film is still excellent and is strongly recommended viewing.
Parker shows splendidly the terrible world of the Turkish prison... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
"Midnight Express" is the upsetting true story of an American youth detained at Istanbul Airport trying to smuggle several packets of hashish This terrific movie based on Hayes' book details the terrible story of his severe experience and final escape Brad Davis puts on view the frustration, anxiety and severe mental suffering of a tragic figure... He stands shaking with fear in a small enclosed chamber At the court, Davis' looks were lacking energy and interest... His voice trembled with rage and affliction when he delivered a despairing frantic speech accusing the <more>
prosecuting attorney and the judge... In a prison of desolation, he refuses to accept one captive's advances; he steals an informer's money for revenge; and gives a harsh lesson in brutality on one oppressor... Paul Smith plays beautifully the brutal and sadistic head-guard... Being of nature cruel and heartless, this bald man is vindictive and indifferent to the truth... He is cruel, vicious, unjust, and verbally abusive... The Turkish prison is seen as an environment so dirty, horrific and inhuman, clouded by rape, beatings, stress and punishment... Parker permits the cruel prison guardscharacterized by their aggressive, cynical, and inflexible behaviorto speak in Turkish since this situation can easily create hopelessness, frustration, hatred and despair...
A harrowing and powerful film (by MovieAddict2016)
Loosely based on the true story of Billy Hayes collected from his book of the same title , Alan Parker's "Midnight Express" contains some of the most effective and rightly iconic scenes in all of film history -- the opening with the heartbeats devoid of any soundtrack; the "Oh Billy!" segment; and of course the entire idea of Turkish prisons being terrible and abusive.Hayes' story was elaborative to begin with and Oliver Stone -- not exactly one to be known for sticking close to the truth -- exaggerates it even more; so far, indeed, that it almost becomes <more>
fictional. The real Hayes had no girlfriend, was not raped in jail, DID have a homosexual relationship with another inmate the film shows him denying the advances , and escaped at night by sea.However, as a film this is probably one of the great motion pictures of the 1970s. Parker "Angel Heart" is a brilliant visual director and uses much of the same imagery he would use later on in his career. For example, take note of the fans in the sweltering heat inside the courtroom. They'd be used again in "Angel Heart." Brad Davis gives a wonderful performance and convincingly devolves from a naive American student to a crazy lunatic by the time he enters the insane asylum. John Hurt's performance was also worthy of its Oscar nomination.Overall, this is very much a product of its time -- it's depressing, bleak, and almost painful to watch; and because it's a Stone screenplay, there's a lot of politics at play. However, the overall film is breathtaking, thrilling and unpredictable to a point -- it's definitely worth seeing at least once in your lifetime.
Very good movie, but did they have to demonize an entire nation? (by Sisiutil)
First of all, let me say that I think this is a very good movie--riveting, controversial, thought-provoking. I've seen it a couple of times, and I've never been able to forget it.Brad Davis gives one hell of a performance, and much of the success for the movie goes to him. He had to take an unsympathetic character--a drug smuggler, albeit an extremely amateurish one--and make him sympathetic, and he does so. Oliver Stone deserves some credit here too, since he wrote the script, and successfully characterizes Billy's smuggling as the foolish mistake of a callow young man rather <more>
than the plot of an evil mastermind.The film challenges its viewers to care about some unappealing people, and to watch them persevere through some harrowing experiences. It raises questions about crime and punishment, the possibility of redemption, and what the human spirit can endure. It's too easy to think the film is only trying to say "don't get involved with drugs" or "Turkey is evil". There are much bigger questions being raised here.That said, I remember being aware during my first viewing that there were no sympathetic Turkish characters, and that the entire country was being portrayed in a light so dim you'd be hard-pressed not to bump into your own prejudices. American movies have never been good at portraying Middle-Eastern cultures positively. I can't think of one that does, in fact. Yet even the most simple-minded movies of recent years take steps to portray at least one sympathetic foil to the villainous culture of the piece True Lies comes to mind . Oliver Stone, however, never does that here, and it's what keeps the movie from being great. I don't know what there is in Stone's history that made him hate Turkey so much, and maybe I don't want to know. I've been to Turkey, and loved the country and its people; I fully intend to go back there one day. I found most Turks to be overwhelmingly friendly, gregarious, and open of both mind and heart--especially outside the bustle of Istanbul. Turkey is one of the most forward-looking and liberal of the Arab nations, and prides itself on that fact. No, it's not perfect--their persecution of the Kurds particularly rankles--but no nation is. I'm not proud of my own country's record when it comes to aboriginal rights, for example. Frankly, the movie would have been much MORE successful had it shown that even in such a welcoming and friendly country, the worst side of human nature can still emerge--especially in the dark crevices of society which few people care to examine, such as the prison system. Do you really think similar abuses don't take place in American or Canadian prisons? Come on.I can still watch and enjoy this movie although I'm not sure "enjoy" is really the right term, but anyway... . But only if I shut out its demonization of all things Turkish--which is, of course, not entirely possible. I recommend it, but watch it with a very necessary grain of salt.
Billy Hayes is a dumb American man trying to make a fast buck, thinking he can get away with murder. How could anyone take the chance of smuggling the drugs taped around his belly? How stupid could this guy be, acting in such an uncool way, as he appears so nervous going through passport control? He was a dead give away, as we see him perspiring profusely in front of the local authorities. It's unfortunate that some people see Billy Hayes as a hero, when he is nothing but a misguided young man trying to capitalize on what he thought was the perfect scheme.What happens to Billy Hayes is <more>
chronicled by English film maker Alan Parker. He, and his screen writer take the main idea of the book and change it to give us a horror story, and in the process, he makes the fatal mistake in thinking that by giving the viewer a glance about what Billy has to endure in prison doesn't fit the crime he committed.Mr. Parker and his main collaborator, Oliver Stone, have created a film that has the tone of a documentary; the emphasis is on the cruelty experienced in prison. Actually, the director and the screen play, place the blame in the Turkish prison system, but actually, they succeed in making a hero of this idiotic man.Hayes was a coward and an opportunist who believed he would be able to get away with his crime without being made accountable for it, as he would get a profit from the sale of the drug. Mr. Hayes never took into account what he was doing or that the drug he was smuggling would do to other people. He deserved much more time in prison, or if he was going to deal in drugs, he would have been better off doing it in his own country, where maybe, with the help of a power attorney, he wouldn't even have served time for his crime.While the film makes thrilling film making, it's not realistic at all. Look at how the inmates live within prison. Compared to other countries, life in that prison was not so bad! The prisoners can get food from outside, pay their way for basic necessities; it was almost like living in a flea bag hotel in a foreign country.Brad Davis makes a puzzling Billy. At times, he is up to the task, but at others he is not convincing, in my humble opinion. The multi national cast is excellent. Much of what goes in prison is depicted in full detail.Perhaps "Midnight Express" made a better impression when it came out than right now. It's still worth a look at it and to watch it as a thriller, but nothing to do with reality.
as a story and emotional experience in and of itself, it's depressing, manipulative, and highly charged drama (by Quinoa1984)
I've never been to Turkey, or Istanbul, and I can hold no claims as to what it must be like for a person, American or otherwise, to endure time in one of their country's prisons. But the job of the filmmaker is not necessarily to get the facts down pat and present them as such. It's to present a story and make it appropriate for the dramatization. Oliver Stone, who wrote the script for this and went on to controversy in bringing the true story of Jim Garrison's trial of Clayshaw, Morrison's life with the Doors, and the late president Nixon, knew at 31 that taking what was <more>
in the source and bringing it to a life that any audience could understand emotionally was what was important. And he, along with director Alan Parker, deliver this with conviction, if not greatness. The story of William Hayes is ugly, as depicted in the film, and despite the fact that the real Hayes has said the depiction of some of the characters in the film is not as it was, it does not deter it for myself in the pure emotional intake.The story at first does not sound like it will have a happy outcome- Hayes Davis, a shattering, torn performance tries to smuggle Hash for friends back on long island, gets caught, and is thrown in jail 'as an example' among others in a Turkish prison. He's abused, and witnesses multiples abuses of prisoners young and old, and once he realizes he won't get out nearly as soon as he thought, he and a couple of other prisoners Randy Quaid and John Hurt, both superb in supporting roles , plan to escape, or rather 'take the midnight express'. What occurs from there is what makes up the bulk of the drama, the hurt, and a 'version' of the truth in the Turskish prison system.The thing to keep in mind in dealing with a film like Midnight Express, is that in cinematic terms, Parker and Stone pull off their goals whether or not they depict the 'truth' to its fullest extent. They follow the book, and on that count they try their best to bring an adaptation. From that end, I found that it was compelling, if at times almost too heavy and, oddly enough, masochistic. But what comes through strongest, after the outright point of view of the script, are the performances. Hurt is one of only several truly convincing screen junkies in movie history. The actor that plays the burly guard in the prison is absolutely terrifying. And Quaid and Hayes fill their roles finitely. The music, ironically to me, is the one Oscar-winning drag, which sometimes adds pre-80's sounding music that doesn't fit as maybe it could've. But besides that, Midnight Express is overall a work of concentrated drama, that tries to not affect just the American collective conscious, but the world's as well. Years from now, people who have no idea what the prison system in that country or others was like, can at least have an idea, if not altogether to the truth.