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Midnight Express is a 1978 movie with a runtime of 121
Director Alan Parker,
Cast Brad Davis,
Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express". Currently you are able to watch "Midnight Express
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- Maturity Rating Reason
attempt to escape,
- BBFC Ratings info
- Sex & Nudity
- Sex & Nudity Reason
- Some characters are shown masturbating under blankets.
A man asks his girlfriend to expose her bare breasts. He then masturbates while behind the glass.
A man is strip searched after being arrested. Some male nudity (bare buttocks) is shown.
The main character is shown showering with another male prisoner. We see part of the main character's buttocks, but the scene is dimly lit and not much is shown. The two men then kiss, but the main character declines the other man's advance and walks away before any further intimacy occurs.
Some naked prisoners in the psychiatric facility. No detailed nudity.
The main character's girlfriend exposes her breasts in a prison visit. The nudity isn't extended.
It is implied that the main character is raped by one of the guards while in prison, but this is never shown.
- Violence & Gore
- Violence & Gore Reason
- Many prisoners are brutally and savagely beaten by guards and the sadistic warden. These beatings are sometimes off-screen and sometimes on-screen, and the men are often seen bloody and injured afterwards.
Some angry behavior and fighting on the prison grounds. These happen many times, as the prison is a very rowdy and bleak place.
The main character is tormented throughout the movie.
Two little kids are shown how to "discipline" prisoners. The warden beats some kids violently with a belt at their feet.
A man is strung up by his ankles on a torture rack and severely beaten with a belt.
An animal screams at night off camera. Shortly afterwords, a dead cat is shown.
Little actual gore (other than the tongue biting scene), but when violent scenes happen, they are very cruel and bloody.
A man attacks and brutally beats another man in a violent frenzy, then graphically bites out his tongue. THIS SCENE IS EXTREMELY BRUTAL!
A man is killed by being pushed and having his head impaled on a steel peg (Not that graphic).
- Profanity Reason
- 23 uses of the F-word
14 uses of Shit
1 use of Damn
1 use of Hell
2 uses of Bastard
7 uses of Ass
1 use of Asshole
2 uses of Goddamn
- Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking Reason
- The film is centered around a young man who attempts to smuggle Hashish into the United States.
Many characters are seen smoking cigarettes.
A man is seen injecting codeine and implied to be a drug addict.
A drug addict is shown injecting a needle into his arm. Some drinking is shown, Also some mild smoking.
- Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Frightening & Intense Scenes Reason
- The atmosphere is dark and brutal, such to be expected of a corrupted prison.
A shocking scream is heard at night, which may frighten, or surprise the viewer.
There is a famous chase scene at the beginning of the movie, but it's not that intense. Although, when we notice why the main character is sweating and acting all anxious at the very beginning of this film, we start to fear for his destiny.
Many negative and emotional moments happen in this movie. They are all told, shown and heard diabolically.
The scene where the main character Billy Hayes meets his father is VERY emotional.
This movie tells of a man who gets caught smuggling drugs and is thrown into a world that is equivalent to hell.
The scene where the main character finds out that he has 53 days left, but is told that the prosecution appealed his 4 years and 2 months sentence requesting a life sentence, is very unsettling and sad. He later starts to talk vulgarly in the courtroom. This scene is famous for it's nightmarishly realistic approach and the actors are spot-on.
The part where the main character attacks Rifki is one of the most brutal and emotional scenes in any film. He screams, beats him down, destroys furniture, goes crazy and laughs, whilst tormenting him. The music track makes this intense scene even more disturbing. To top it all, he bites Rifkis tongue out and screams, as the music turns chilling. Very bloody and disturbing.
Later, the main character is sent to an asylum, this scene is extremely unsettling, as it shows realistically what a real asylum is like (at that time). He finds a rapist there, who is rather creepy.
United States of America,