The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, ... See full summary »
On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already ... Written by
The "fez" hat worn by several Turkish men in the movie has
been extremely rare in Turkey since 1925 when it was abolished by Kemal Ataturk (the leader and founder of the Republic of Turkey) in an attempt to "westernize" the country. See more »
[Susan makes her way through a line at an airline checkpoint]
Excuse me... Excuse me... Excuse me... Excuse me.
[she reaches Billy in line]
Geez, I hate flying.
It's something I ate. I think I've been poisoned.
Or you're just excited about getting home.
No, I think it's the baklavas.
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This thirty year old movie is still affecting how Americans feel about Turkey. Turkey has been a good friend to the USA for a very long time. I remember when the movie came out and set Billy boy up as the VICTIM. The creep was smuggling...he deserved what he got. I can't imagine what his book would have been like if he had been caught here in Michigan and sent to Jackson Prison in the 1970's. His butt hole would have been about the size of the Grand Canyon by the time he escaped. I had a great time in Istanbul, the people were wonderful and warm. I will be returning for future vacations. But, every time I told someone I was going on vacation in Istanbul they would ask, "Didn't you see Midnight Express?" "Yeah, it was a bad movie." Sad!
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