Video Release: May 22, 2001
Theatrical Release: 1978
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video
- Collectors Edition, Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 121 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Released in English
Based on William Hayes' autobiography, "Midnight Express" tells the harrowing story of a young American tourist arrested by Turkish authorities for trying to struggle two kilos of hashish out of the country. Sentenced to 30 years in prison, Billy experiences the harsh realities of the Turkish penal system. He sees a glimmer of hope when his father arrives from the States with the intention of securing Billy's release. But when that effort fails, and the prison's brutal environment becomes too much to bear, Billy opts for the only possible solution: taking the "Midnight Express" to freedom -- an international term for breaking out of jail.
The true story of Billy Hayes is revealed in this drama about a young man who is sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison for a minor drug offense. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay (Oliver Stone), Best Original Score.
Color by Eastmancolor.