johnny on the spot wrote:
Funny you should mention this, I'm just watching Midnight Express. Now there's a film to put you off doing dumb shit overseas.
The film is just the basic story, a lot of what happened in the film did not really happen.
You should read the book, far, far better than the film.
This is part and parcel of Hollywood. If they say a film is "based on a true story", you can bet your ass its 90% bullshit with an ounce of truth thrown in. Nat geo did a LOCKED UP ABROAD episode about Billy Hayes, the main protagonist of said film, and most of the film was bullshit.