Film Facts: Midnight Express
Midnight Express was one of Hollywood's biggest films of 1978. It's a (mostly) true tale of a young American who gets himself locked up in a Turkish prison for trying to get on a plane with a couple kilos of hashish strapped to his stomach.
It earned $35 million US on a tiny $2 million budget, and received (mostly) positive reviews. Giorgio Moroder took home an Oscar for his original score, as did Oliver Stone for the screenplay, in addition to nominations for John Hurt (Actor in a Supporting Role), director Alan Parker, Film Editing, and Best Picture.
Did you know Midnight Express director Alan Parker had to send actor Brad Davis to an optician to convince the studio to let him cast Davis as the lead? Find out why in our latest Film Facts episode.