89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #23 – Midnight Express (1978)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 23rd review of the 89 chosen Films…


“I just wish for once that you could be in my shoes, Mr. Prosecutor, and then you would know something that you don’t know: mercy! That the concept of a society is based on the quality of that mercy; its sense of fair play; its sense of justice! But I guess that’s like asking a bear to sh*t in the toilet. ” – Billy Hayes

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of an American student who is caught and is sent to prison for trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey and how he must endure the hardships of life in a Turkish Prison.

My Take on it – I have always liked Oliver Stone’s films because he is such an amazing storyteller.

He is able to take situations that most of us know little to nothing about and give us a rich composite of what it must have felt like for characters to endure each particular situation.

This film deals with an extremely powerful situation and shows how an individual can try and overcome the hardships as long as he continues to hold on to hope.

The dialogue is classic Stone and it’s easy to see in retrospect how great a writer he is.

The way the prison system is shown is graphically brutal and I wouldn’t be surprised that lots of people would be scared to commit a crime in Turkey just based on the fictitious depiction of the violence and brutality.

Watching this film can be quite draining, so be prepared to seek out a comedy to make you laugh after watching this film.

Bottom Line – Powerful story of having to deal with such a horrendous sentence for a mistake.  The way that the prison system is shown to us can make anyone scared of committing a crime there. Stone showed even here how great a storyteller he can be which is no surprise once you realize that he wrote this script. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Reportedly, the Turkish authorities still, allegedly, have a warrant out for the arrest for Billy Hayes who is, apparently under their laws, technically still classified as a prison escapee. (From IMDB)

Rating –Globe Worthy


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