Midnight Express

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

A meaty anecdote, heavily fictionalised from a factual source, about an American kid on a dope charge going through Hell in a Turkish jail. Some of the performances (Hurt, Davis) give it an illusion of depth, but it's mostly expert in avoiding moral resonance and ambiguity: everything is satisfyingly clear-cut, just as every shot and every cut are geared to instant emotional impact. Political, moral and aesthetic problems arise when you try to superimpose the film on the 'truth' it purports to represent. As a head-banging thriller, though, it makes some of Hollywood's hoariest stereotypes seem good as new, and it panders to its audience's worst instincts magnificently.

Details

Release details

Duration:
121 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Alan Parker
Screenwriter:
Oliver Stone
Cast:
Brad Davis
Randy Quaid
John Hurt
Irene Miracle
Bo Hopkins
Paolo Bonacelli
Paul Smith