A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »
Portraying one of the shadier details of American history, this is the story of Jack McGurn, who comes to Los Angeles in 1936. He gets a job at a movie theatre in Little Tokyo and falls in ... 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
Director Alan Parker once said that this film was "the first story which could be made in Europe with a British crew and had a chance of making it in the States. It's an American story; it doesn't compromise; and it's the opposite to what I've done before". See more »
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[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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Superbly staged, with a wonderful score, powerful direction and outstanding performances
First off, I can understand any criticisms geared towards Midnight Express. Some might say it has a sympathetic depiction of drug traffickers. Some might say it has pitiless violence. Some might say the representation of the Turkish jailers is stereotypical. Some might say it had an over-simplistic approach to the key issues that greeted it upon release. Those who say that are in some ways right, this film does have those things.
However, while they are hard to counter in a way, I actually don't consider them flaws. To me, Midnight Express was still a superbly staged film. It has atmospheric cinematography and lighting, while the direction from Alan Parker is powerful and intelligent. Giorgio Moroder's electronic score is wonderful and unforgettable, some people may think it too strident perhaps, but I loved it and thought it added a lot to the film. The film also has a very good screenplay, a very effective and iconic opening sequence and a harrowing yet gripping story.
The acting is outstanding, especially Brad Davis, while Randy Quaid and the underrated John Hurt are also excellent. So all in all, Midnight Express is a great film. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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