Midnight Express

  • Dir: Alan Parker

  • UK/USA, 1978, 121min, DCP

  • Cast: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, John Hurt

HELL in a Turkish prison. Starting from the experiences of American college student Billy Hayes (played by Brad Davis), who was arrested in 1970 for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey, screenwriter Oliver Stone and director Alan Parker created an even darker surreal symphony of abuse, betrayal, beatings, failed escape attempts and confinement in a mental ward. While the film has ignited strong controversy for its caricaturish orientalization of “sinister Turks,” it cannot be denied of its extreme powerful denouncement of corrupt incarceration in its dystopian vision, electrified by ultra-stylish gratuitous violence and the striking musical score of Giorgio Moroder.

1979 Academy Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay
1979 6 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture (Drama)

7.9.2018(Fri): Post-screening talk with Bobby Kwok


  • Back to the Screen

    Tickets available at screening venue on screening date 07/09/2018 (Fri)
    Full House 27/10/2018 (Sat)


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