- 2 hr 1 min
Midnight Express is a drama film that came out in the year 1978. It is a movie about a young man named Billy Hayes who is caught trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. He is eventually made an example out of by being sentenced to many years in prison. During his prison stint he is exposed to horrific conditions and is desperately looking to get out. After a while he loses his sanity and gets sent to the mental ward of the prison. Fortunately for him he is able to escape and return to the United States. This movie was one of the more horrifying and thrilling films of that year. A young man named Billy Hayes and his girlfriend are on vacation in Turkey. Billy is looking to smuggle a drug known as hashish out of the country. He tapes several packs of the drug to his upper body under his shirt and jacket. As he is boarding the plane he is very nervous but is hopeful that he will make it out. Unfortunately for him he is caught after the authorities do a routine pat down on him. He is then arrested and taken into custody. The authorities ask him where he bought the drugs and he tells them that it was from a cab driver. The authorities arrest the cab driver and also keep Hayes in custody since he was the one in possession of the drug. A criminal trial takes place where the prosecutor is looking to have him serve a life sentence. However Billy is sentenced to four years in prison since his defense attorney and the judge agreed that a life sentence was too harsh. While in the prison Billy gets through each day but not without being exposed to very bad conditions. After a while he meets a couple of people and they begin to formulate an escape plan. When this takes place there is an informant in the prison who tells the guards about it. As a result their opportunities to escape become more limited. At another trial Billy believes that he is finally getting out but the courts decide to extend his sentence. This angers Billy and he becomes increasingly more unstable. He eventually breaks down and is sent to the part of the prison that has mentally distraught people in it. In the end Billy kills a guard and dresses up as one of them. He escapes the prison and returns to the United States.