R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.
Executive Producer Peter Guber said of this movie: "We knew when we chose to make Midnight Express (1978), that we were tackling an explosive and controversial subject, but we were determined to do it as honestly as was humanly possible."
Excuse me... Excuse me... Excuse me... Excuse me.
Billy Hayes: No.
Susan: Geez, I hate flying.
Billy Hayes: It's something I ate. I think I've been poisoned.
Susan: Or you're just excited about getting home.
Billy Hayes: No, I think it's the baklavas.
Susan: I told you not to eat 'em.
Billy Hayes: Look, I gotta ...
When Susan goes to visit Bill, it's possible to see a crew member reflected in the glass.
The only opening titles are: Columbia Pictures presents a Casablanca FilmWorks production an Alan Parker film Midnight Express After this, the opening prologue text reads "The following is based on a true story. It began October 6, 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey."
With regard to commercial network, and standard cable showings of the movie, and in the 1980 American Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment red border clam shell VHS/Betamax: 1.) All swearing is dubbed with much tamer words, or in a few cases, skipped or silenced. 2.) The chicken being decapitated is normally not shown (not shown at all on the 1980 clamshell Betamax/VHS) when Billy makes a run for it leaving the Turkish Bazaar. 3.) Billy is shown fully nude during a strip-search after his arrest. Censored TV and 1980 clamshell Betamax/VHS prints delete all shots of his bare butt. Some prints omit Tex's line, "would you like to put your clothes on?" 4.) Susan exposing her breasts and Billy touching them when she comes to visit him and sees his horrifying, almost vegetative state is very skillfully cut on the American 1980 red border clam shell VHS/Betamax and all commercial TV prints. 5.) All the violence was replaced with old footage of people playing volleyball, a sport played in this movie, on the 1980 clamshell Betamax/VHS release. You would have to see the uncut movie to even realize that something was missing.
English, Maltese, French, Turkish