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Plot, Details & Awards

Midnight Express

R In Theaters 02/8/2004 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a naïve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) when he's caught by customs officials trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish out of the country. The crime would normally carry a sentence of four years, but officials decide to make an example of Billy, and he draws a 30-year sentence despite the promises of his Turkish legal counsel. While Susan and Billy's father (Mike Kellin) pledge to do everything they can to speed Billy's release, in fact there's little than can be done. Billy quickly finds himself in a hellish prison that's a nightmare of filth, violence, rape, inedible food, and unspeakable health conditions. However, Billy gains a few confidantes behind bars: Jimmy (Randy Quaid), an American in a constant state of emotional overdrive; Max (John Hurt), an intelligent, drug-addicted Englishman; and Erich (Norbert Weisser), a gay Scandinavian who is attracted to Billy but accepts his gentle refusals of sex. Before long, Billy is convinced that he can take no more, and he makes plans to take the "midnight express" -- jailhouse slang for escape. While his friends are willing to help, they also make clear that almost no one who has tried to escape has lived to tell the tale. Based on a true story, Midnight Express was a box-office hit which won wide acclaim for the performances of Brad Davis and John Hurt; and the screenplay, by Oliver Stone, won an Academy Award.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Oliver Stone Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Alan Parker Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Gerry Hambling Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor John Hurt Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture David Puttnam Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Alan Marshall Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Giorgio Moroder Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Alan Parker Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor John Hurt Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Alan Parker Nominated
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Gerry Hambling Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Brad Davis Nominated
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Alan Parker Nominated
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture John Hurt Won
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Oliver Stone Won
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Brad Davis Won
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Giorgio Moroder Won
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Female Irene Miracle Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Alan Parker Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor John Hurt Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Alan Parker Nominated
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Gerry Hambling Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Directors Guild of America Best Director Alan Parker Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Music Score Giorgio Moroder Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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