Midnight Express (1978)

Dir. Alan Parker

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Billy Hayes, the film is an often harrowing account of how Hayes (Brad Davis), then a young American student, was sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of the country in 1970. While the film received criticism for the depiction of Turkish prison workers as violent villains and for deviations from the book, it has some unforgettable scenes and a powerful performance by Davis.

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