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Category: Action/Adventure, Bio/History, Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Thriller, Indie film, Biographical film, Crime Fiction, Adventure Film, Prison film, DramaNarrative location: IstanbulRuntime: 121 minutesColor: colorLanguage: Maltese, English, FrenchCountry: United States, United KingdomFilming location: MaltaDirector: Alan ParkerScreenwriter: Oliver Stone, Billy HayesBased on: Midnight ExpressMusic: Giorgio MoroderCinematography: Michael SeresinStars: Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Irene Miracle, Paolo Bonacelli, Bo Hopkins, Franco Diogene, Gigi Ballista, Norbert Weisser, Vic Tablian, Michael Ensign, Mike Kellin, Peter JeffreyProducer: Alan Marshall, David PuttnamStudio: Columbia PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Original Score (Giorgio Moroder)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Oliver Stone)
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Hurt)
BAFTA Award for Best Direction (Alan Parker)
BAFTA Award for Best Editing (Gerry Hambling)
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (Alan Marshall)
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay (Oliver Stone)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (John Hurt)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Alan Parker)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Gerry Hambling)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Alan Marshall, David Puttnam)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (John Hurt)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Midnight Express is a 1978 American/British film directed by Alan Parker and produced by David Puttnam. It is based on Billy Hayes' 1977 book Midnight Express and was adapted into the screenplay by Oliver Stone. It starred Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, Peter Jeffrey and John Hurt. Hayes was a young American student sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey. The movie deviates from the book's accounts of the story – especially in its portrayal of Turks – and some have criticized the movie version, including Billy Hayes himself. Later, both Stone and Hayes expressed their regret on how Turkish people were portrayed in the movie. The film's title is prison slang for an inmate's escape attempt.

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