Midnight Express (1978)

R   |    |  Biography, Crime, Drama


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Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.


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2 October 2002 | yenlo
When you're busted for drugs over there!
While this film is entertaining to watch and has its level of suspense at various points it is not a truly `true story' much of it according to the real Billy Hayes never happened and his eventual escape is very different from what is depicted in this motion picture. It also tends to demonize the nation of Turkey and presents a distorted view of its people. Is it possible to have sympathy for the main character? He was fully aware of what he was doing and knew the consequences should he be caught so sympathy is on an individual basis. You may have sympathy or may not.

A number of years ago a public service commercial narrated by actor Hal Holbrook frequently ran on Television, which told of Americans being held in foreign prisons. He spoke of one American held in a Turkish prison. Was it Billy Hayes? The commercial ends with the line `When you're busted for drugs over there you're in for the hassle of your life' That's the message this film was intended to send out irregardless if the events in it were true or fictionalized for dramatic purposes. As always purchase or rent a copy to see the uncut unedited version.

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Genres

Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

6 October 1978

Language

English, Maltese, French, Turkish


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

Malta

Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,000,000

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