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Midnight Express

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Original title
Midnight Express
Running time
121 min.
United States United States
Oliver Stone (Autobiography: Billy Hayes)
Giorgio Moroder
Michael Seresin
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Columbia Pictures / Casablanca Filmworks. Producer: David Puttnam
Drama | Prison Drama. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Based on William Hayes's autobiography, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS tells the harrowing story of a young American tourist arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison by Turkish authorities for trying to smuggle two kilos of hashish out of the country. Billy (Brad Davis), suffering through the harsh realities of the Turkish penal system, sees a glimmer of hope when his father (Billy Kellin) arrives from the States with the intention of securing his son's release. But when that effort fails and the prison's savage environment becomes too much to bear, Billy opts for the only possible solution: breaking out of jail and riding the "midnight express"--prison slang for escape--to freedom.
1978: 2 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Soundtrack. 6 Nominations
1978: 5 Golden Globes, including Best Movie - Drama. 8 nominations
1978: BAFTA Awards: Best Director, Supporting Actor (Hurt), Editing. 6 Nominations
1978: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
1978: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1978: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1978: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Music Score. 3 Nominations
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