This is an original Japanese poster printed in 1979 for the first release of Midnight Express.
“Walk into the incredible true experience of Billy Hayes, and bring all the courage you can!”… rare original poster for Alan Parker’s Oscar winning “Midnight Express”.
Midnight Express is a 1978 prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and written by Oliver Stone, based on Billy Hayes' 1977 non-fiction book Midnight Express. It stars Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, Peter Jeffrey and John Hurt.
Hayes was a young American student sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey. The film deviates from the book's accounts of the story, especially in its portrayal of the Turkish characters, and some have criticized this version, including Billy Hayes himself. Later, both Stone and Hayes expressed their regret about how Turkish people were portrayed in the film. The film's title is prison slang for an inmate's escape attempt.
Upon release, it received generally positive reviews from critics. Many praised Davis' performance as well as the cast, the writing, the direction, and the musical score by Giorgio Moroder. However, Hayes and others criticized the film for portraying the Turkish prison men as violent and villainous and for deviating too much from the source material.
Midnight Express was nominated for Best Picture (Alan Marshall and David Puttnam), and Best Director for the 51st Academy Awards in 1979.
This poster is in a very good condition. Please refer to the imagery as this is the exact poster that is for sale.
It is 42 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.
B2 Size - 50 x 70.7 cm