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John Hurt

Midnight Express

Oliver Stone’s screenplay, directed by Alan Parker, sees Hurt as a world-weary prisoner in a Turkish jail.

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UK-USA-Turkey 1978
Dir Alan Parker
With John Hurt, Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Randy Quaid
Certificate 18

Billy Hayes’ autobiographical account of his incarceration in a Turkish jail for drug smuggling was turned into a screenplay by Oliver Stone for this memorably harrowing film. Brad Davis plays American student Billy and Hurt shines in his award-winning performance as the wise but world-weary frail co-prisoner who shares Billy’s desire to escape (or take the ‘midnight express’ as it’s known).


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