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Midnight Express [Blu-ray]
Midnight Express
Actors: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith
Director: Alan Parker
Genres: Drama
R     2009     2hr 1min

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 07/21/2009 Run time: 121 minutes Rating: R


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Actors: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith
Director: Alan Parker
Creators: Michael Seresin, Giorgio Moroder, Gerry Hambling
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: Blu-ray - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/21/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 1min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 4/16/2019...
I forgot I had watched this before but it was just as good as the last time I watched. A brutal true story not for the faint of heart but definitely worth a watch for everyone else! Brad Davis and Randy Quaid are at their best!

Movie Reviews

Rivetting performance from Brad Davis
William | Australia | 12/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Many reviewers ridicule the method used to try and smuggle the drugs in this movie, but back in the early 1970's (when the film was based) these kind of methods actually took place. Yes, people are stupid for doing these things ... but it's hard not to have compassion for them when they are served lifetime sentences. "Midnight Express" explores one man's time in a hellish Turkish prison. The tension of being caught and then beaten in prison are so well captured that you almost don't want to look. One scene that comes to mind is when Davis is hung upside down and beaten so bad, you can almost feel it.Davis performance is exceptional, yet did not give him the career you'd expect. An excellent actor, who died at the age of 41.The DVD itself is excellent too. An impressive widescreen transfer, plus a full screen option thrown in for people who dont know the value of widescreen (ie. a pointless inclusion in my opinion). The DVD also boasts a 1978 documentary of the film, and a trailer.A must own! One of the best prison films to date, along with "Shawshank Redemption"."
Midnight express in the eye of a turkish artist
icy | Istanbul Turkey | 08/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"alright I'm Turkish.Just about a week ago I was questioned by a cab driver in washington dc based on his knowledge about Turkey-which was nothing but midnight express.I was disturbed and totally disgusted with his ignorance.How could a man in his sane mind could make judgements based on hollywood productions?
The Turkish hate this movie with a passion.any other viewers here should try to understand that Turkey is a developýng country trying very hard to advertise itself and try to shed off the barbaric image the ottoman empire left it with.a movie like the midnight express could evoke a lot of prejudice and hatred against Turkey -especially for those who could not even tell ýf Turkey was a bird or a country.
Leaving my patriotic emotions aside,As an artist I have to be totally impartial.It was well done.The acting was superb, soundtrack above the standards for it's time and the plot,totally striking.
Just remember,this is not a documentary,its an artistic interpretation of someone who has never been to the Tukish Jail at the time of the event-neither have I. I congradulate Parker for his directing talents but totally hate him for his ignorance in research and his movie's possible effects on a newborn nation."
A True Story?
Neal Blitzer | 06/30/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)

"When you see this movie, it makes you wonder how come ALL Turkish characters in the movie are ugly dumb sadistical perverts (and also pigs, in the main character's "Address to a Nation", in a courtroom scene). Even in the 1950s anti-communist era movies you come by sensible russian spies or pretty russian girls, along with nasty Igors or Ivans. This racist element was perhaps florished in Oliver Stone's mind, to provoke the public interest and sympathy on a drug smuggler by trashing a relatively unknown nation, betting late 70s drug relaxed public would love it (I sometimes wonder how the public would react to this movie if it was released in Reagan's War on Drugs era). I give some credit to Alan Parker for the way he exploited all this to provoke public sentiment. However I do not understand how Oliver Stone got an Oscar for twisting a story to make it sell, in expense of a nation's defamation (then again who cares about that in Hollywood), and turning it into a weak plot and an even weaker ending. If you wanna read the True Story (as true as it can get I guess) go read Billy Hayes' book. If you want to watch the movie just keep these words by Joseph Goebbels (Hitler's Propoganda Minister) in mind: "The bigger the lie , the more they believe it""