Midnight Express (1978)

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Midnight Express (1978)
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Genre: Prison Drama



Photography: Eastmancolor
Running Time: 121 minutes
Country: United States

United Kingdom

Release Date: October 6, 1978
Directed by: Alan Parker
Written by: Oliver Stone
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Starring: Brad Davis

Irene Miracle

John Hurt

Mike Kellin

Randy Quaid

Bo Hopkins

Paul L. Smith

Paolo Bonacelli

Peter Jeffrey

Michael Ensign

Next film: Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (released; documentary)

Midnight Express Sequel (cancelled)

Midnight Express is a 1978 American/British prison drama film from Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Alan Parker, starred Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Mike Kellin, Bo Hopkins, and John Hurt, and based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer.


In 1970, Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), an American college student, is sentenced to four years in a Turkish prison for a minor drug offense. Stoically, he endures the beatings that are his daily routine until he hears that his sentence has been revised upwards to 30 years as a lesson to other potential offenders. Realizing that he has, in fact, been sentenced to death, Hayes rallies whatever strengths he has to escape...to take the "midnight express."

Why It Rocks

  1. It's 100% faithful to the book.
  2. Brad Davis did an awesome job as Billy Hayes.
  3. The acting is amazing.
  4. Timeless score by Giorgio Moroder.
  5. The "Chase" music has been covered by many music composers around the world.
  6. The plot is just like the original book by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer, with some changes.
  7. Excellent cast.
  8. Treats people not to smuggle drugs.
  9. Some memorable and emotional scenes, such as when Billy meets his dad, Mr. Hayes.
  10. Irene Miracle also did an awesome job as Billy's girlfriend, Susan.
  11. Spawned some popular and iconic scenes, like the scene where Billy Hayes is with Max and the one where Billy meets his girlfriend Susan.
  12. Max's "Catch the midnight express." line.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the violence scenes can be graphic to some people.
  2. Can be offensive to some people that live in Turkey.
  3. Some product placements, notably Coca-Cola and Marlboro.
  4. The film's unnecessary longer running time (121 minutes).


Midnight Express got positive reviews from audiences. It holds a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.7/10.

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