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Midnight Express -- Story of a man who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. Inspired from and dramatized upon a true event.

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
Billy Hayes (book) and
William Hoffer (book) ...
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Release Date:
6 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A story of triumph. See more »
Plot:
The true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
When you're busted for drugs over there! See more (233 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Alan Parker 
 
Writing credits
Billy Hayes (book) (as William Hayes) and
William Hoffer (book)

Oliver Stone (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Alan Marshall .... producer
David Puttnam .... producer
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Moroder 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Seresin 
 
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling 
 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kirkland 
 
Art Direction by
Evan Hercules 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Pat Hay .... hair stylist
Mary Hillman .... makeup artist
Sarah Monzani .... hair stylist
Penny Steyne .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard Green .... unit manager
Garth Thomas .... production manager
Antoine Compin .... production manager: second unit (uncredited)
Charis Horton .... production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... third assistant director
David Wimbury .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Booth .... stand-by carpenter
Karen Brookes .... property buyer
Kenneth Clarke .... stand-by plasterer (as Ken Clark)
Bob Hedges .... stand-by props
John Hemmington .... dressing props
Katharina Kubrick .... art department assistant
Bob Lapper .... stagehand
John Leuenberger .... property master
Douglas Regan .... stand-by painter
Dennis Simmonds .... stand-by props
Bill Welch .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Don Banks .... sound camera
Rusty Coppleman .... dubbing editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Beaumont Alexander .... clapper loader (as Beau Alexander)
David Appleby .... still photographer
Peter Bloor .... electrician
Ray Coates .... electrician
Nobby Cross .... electrician
Freddy Fry .... camera grip
Red Lawrence .... rigger
Reg Parsons .... electrician
Roy Rodhouse .... electrician
John Stanier .... camera operator
Bernard Lutic .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Penny Perry .... casting: USA
Patsy Pollock .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bobby Lavender .... wardrobe
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Eddy Joseph .... assistant editor
Tony Orton .... assistant editor
Richard Taylor .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Harold Faltermeyer .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Dan Wyman .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Cadiou .... assistant accountant
Valerie Craig .... production secretary
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Brian Harris .... follow focus
Angela Micklesburgh .... assistant to producer
Ron Phipps .... production accountant
Caryn Picker .... assistant to producer
Roy Scammell .... fight arranger
Kathy Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
121 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1999) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1996) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1978) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 (re rating) (1989) | New Zealand:R18 (original rating) (1979) | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
To enhance the authenticity of the film, director Alan Parker cast unknown actors rather than big name stars.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Muslim prayer is depicted incorrectly. Muslim prayer has definite steps and rules, and there's always a leader to the prayer when more than two are praying.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in King Kong (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Istanbul BluesSee more »

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99 out of 177 people found the following review useful.
When you're busted for drugs over there!, 2 October 2002
Author: yenlo from Auburn, Me

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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