Midnight Express details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt|
|Collections:||Oscar Winners, The Classic Collection|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Subtitles:||Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
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Compelling.By younglochinvar (66 reviews) from Prestatyn , 14 Sep 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Coupled with Mississippi Burning as Alan Parker's best directorial acheivement. If mental illness doesn't dissuade you from smoking hash then this'll probably put you off crossing any borders with it!
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Midnight ExpressBy a customer from Leicesterhire , 17 Oct 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is a well acted and tighly directed film. John Hurt is especially good, and the cinematography is superb. However we are meant to feel sorry for Billy Hayes in early scenes, which to me is impossible. He was caught trying to smuggle drugs (not just a small amount either!), and thus should be punished. Its only when we find out his sentenced has been changed from 4 years to Life that we should feel sympathy. The Turks are portrayed as ugly evil people. I know its set in a prison, and they are bound to be ugly evil people, but even in the early Airport scenes they are portrayed as such. Its quite harrowing stuff and contains some very upsetting sequences (John Hurt finding his beloved cat strangled by a fellow inmate for example). A powerful film but the stereo typed characters and the fact we should feel sorry for Mr Hayes for trying to smuggle illegal drugs let it down. The picture quality on this Blu-ray is slightly sharper than the dvd, with noticable grain (its meant to be there by the way), it won't blow you away, but looks fine considering the films age and the way it was shot. Extras include a director's commentary, three 25 minute documentaries and the original 1978 making of.
Excellent Film but.....By a customer from Reading,England , 22 Aug 2009I watched this film when it was first released and it was excellent then and i have seen it umpteen times since and still love it, but at the end of the day this guy was a drug dealer and really deserved to have been shot, like I said excellent film but no sympathy for him or druggies like him. I dont loose sight of that minor point.
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BEST FILM EVERBy OKOK (33 reviews) from Liverpool , 15 Apr 2009I SEEN THIS FILM, 25 YEARS AGO AND LOVED IT. HAVE WATCHED IT 9 TIMES SINCE. THIS TRULY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST FILMS YOU WILL SEE. HONEST.LET ALL THE OTHERS TELL YOU WHAT ITS ABOUT, JUST SEE IT BEFORE YOU DIE.
midnight expressBy acrackingtune (3 reviews) from Wallsend , 20 Mar 2009This film stands accused of pandering to the stereotypes that exist when 'innocent' Americans get in trouble abroad. The 'naive' drug pusher, the brutal prison regime, sadistic gaurds and the loving girlfriend at home all confirm this view. The now late Brad Davies is awesome in the lead as a young man convicted for thirty years for running hashish. What he then experiences makes us question the age old chestnut;of punishment deserving the crime or not.
Creating controversy at the time over its simplistic view of Turkish life (bad) and American life (good), M.E. is still a must see movie. Forget the dodgy politics and shaky morality,this is a cracking way to spend two hours. Containing many memorable scenes that are mostly best watched through covering fingers, the violence is unfinching and close to relentless. The scene when his long suffering girlfriend summons up the courage to visit him is a standout, touching and upsetting in equal measures. Do people who hope to profit from drugs deserve this? answers on a postcard.
Midnight Express...Brilliant!By a customer from Chippenham , 13 Mar 2009One of the best films iv'e ever seen...edge of the seat stuff from start to finish...brilliant!