Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978)


I was pretty intrigued to see this given the numerous pop culture references:  The Cable Guy (oh, Billy…), The Simpsons, Airplane (Joey, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish prison? ).  Presented is a very accurate depiction of what its like to “get caught.”  The opening is pretty scary as well as the courtroom scenes.  The film is not a nice portrayal of the Turkish people and this has been a controversy since its release.  The prison sequences are pretty raw but not so intense by today’s standards.  The lead, Brad Davis, is a rather dull presence.  Surprising performance by Randy Quaid (not any more after watching The Last Detail).

*** / *****

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