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Midnight Express

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alan Parker

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About the Movie

Brad Davis (The Player, Chariots of Fire) and John Hurt (Contact, Alien) star in this riveting truestory of a young American's nightmarish experiences in a Turkish prison and his unforgettable journey to freedom. Busted for attempting to smuggle hashish out of Istanbul, American college student Billy Hayes (Davis) is thrown into the city's most brutal jail. After suffering through four years of sadistic torture and inhuman conditions, Billy is about to be released when his parole is denied. Only his inner courage and the support of a fellow inmate (Hurt) give him the strength to catch the "Midnight Express" ... and escape his living hell.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into a foreign country should watch this first. – Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Powerful and outstanding

This movie is one of the most underrated movies i have ever seen. Its emotion and action is so intense it will leave you awe-stricken. It's an extremely powerful and overall outstanding film. An early gem of oliver stone who wrote the screenplay.

outstanding film

When I saw this film, I immediately started enjoying it. The music is very mystical and triumphant as well. Very original. I think this is Brad Davis's best role as well. He had so much passion and emotion in the film. Im sorry to say, but whenever I think of Billy Hayes, I think of Brad Davis. His performance was superb. The screenplay is also great, very good. Written by Oliver Stone, who is a great screenplay writer and director (film directed by Alan Parker, not Oliver Stone). The end of the film is so inspiring, it was like I was with Billy Hayes throughout the movie. I love this movie.

New short story on Nat. Geo.

Just watched this story on National Geographic. 2010 version, amazing story, Billy Hayes is a very interesting person to watch and listen to.