|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies|
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
Prisons -- Drama.
Smuggling -- Drama.
Prisons -- Turkey -- Drama.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [Culver City, CA] :Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,2008
|Edition||30th anniversary ed., widescreen.|
|Other Titles|| Midnight express.
Marshall, Alan, 1938-
Puttnam, David, 1941-
Parker, Alan, 1944-2020
Davis, Brad, 1949-1991.
Hopkins, Bo, 1942-
Bonacelli, Paolo, 1939-
Smith, Paul, 1936-2012.
Quaid, Randy, 1950-
Hurt, John, 1940-2017
Kellin, Mike, 1922-1983.
Jeffrey, Peter, 1929-1999.
Hayes, Billy. Midnight express.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, John Hurt, Mike Kellin, Franco Diogene, Michael Ensign, Gigi Ballista, Kevork Malikyan, Peter Jeffrey.
Music, Giorgio Moroder.
MPAA rating: Rated R.
In English and French, with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1978.
Based on the book by William Hayes with William Hoffer.
Special features: commentary with director Alan Parker; The producers [featurette] (26 min.); The production [featurette] (25 min.); The finished film [featurette] (24 min.); photo gallery; Booklet is an essay, Anatomy of a film: The making of "Midnight Express" by Alan Parker.
DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1); mastered in high definition; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound, Dolby digital mono.
Winner, 1978 Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Oliver Stone; and Best Music, Original Score: Giorgio Moroder.
1 videodisc (approximately 121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ( pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm)