Monday, April 11, 2011

Midnight Express (1978)

Randy Quaid keeps popping up in the strangest places. I saw him a few weeks ago in The Last Detail with Nicholson, playing a Navyman on his way to the brig for stealing. Now he's in a Turkish Prison, also in for stealing from a place of worship. Was Parker giving a nod to Ashby? It's seems a little too coincidental that in both he is imprisoned for a long time for a relatively minor crime. Nevertheless, he did a great job in both films! Such a shame that up to that point, his most notable role for me was in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

I read that this film wasn't enturely factual. The screenplay *was* written by Oliver Stone, though, so you kind of have to go into it expecting that. Still, it is a very harrowing story and well told. There are some gems from the seventies that don't get a lot of press these days. I wonder why that is. Maybe because of so many disco-inspired soundtracks...

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