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Midnight Express (1978)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  6 October 1978 (USA)
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The true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

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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 Huggo

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Expreso de medianoche  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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$35,000,000 (USA)
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Vangelis was considered to score the picture and even composed a rough track. See more »

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The Turkish spoken by the Turkish characters in the film is uniformly broken. The actors are obviously not Turkish; sometimes the language is so broken it is difficult for native speakers to understand what they are saying. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Susan makes her way through a line at an airline checkpoint]
Susan: Excuse me... Excuse me... Excuse me... Excuse me.
[she reaches Billy in line]
Susan: Nervous?
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.
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it is exaggerated
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The actor was very successful. But, since I visited Turkey many times, there was no parallelism between the scenes of the film and Turkey. For example the accent of Turkish people in the film was not actual Turkish. The accent belonged to Greek actors who tried to speak Turkish. Also no people in Turkey was wearing fess and they do not wear Arabic clothes. Because they are not Arabic. There are no prison in Istanbul like the one was shown in the film. Homosexuality can not be accepted by Turkish people. The homosexuals are isolated from the public. As a result, the actors were successful, but the scenes do not represent Turkey and it is exaggerated.


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