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Midnight Express (film) Quotes

Midnight Express (film) is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . Midnight Express ended its run in 1970.

It features Alan Marshall, and David Puttnam as producer, Giorgio Moroder in charge of musical score, and Michael Seresin as head of cinematography.

Midnight Express (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Midnight Express (film) is 121 minutes long. Midnight Express (film) is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The cast includes: John Hurt as Max, Brad Davis as Billy Hayes, Norbert Weisser as Erich, Randy Quaid as Jimmy, Peter Jeffrey as Ahmet, Irene Miracle as Susan, Bo Hopkins as Tex, Mike Kellin as Mr. Hayes, and Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels.

Midnight Express (film) Quotes

Bo Hopkins as Tex

  • (Bo Hopkins) "You decided to fly at a bad time, Billy. They're guerrillas all over the place blowing up planes and all."
  • (Brad Davis) "It's stupid."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "Kids don't read the newspapers and that there are people kickin' up a shitstorm about the flow of heroin from Turkey you got."
  • (Brad Davis) "I didn't have heroin."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "I'm not up on all that. A drug's a drug, seems to me, Billy."
  • (Brad Davis) "It was my first time. I'm not really a smuggler. It was only two kilos."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "You can see right now, it don't really matter, do it, if it was two kilos or if it was two hundred. The Turks love to catch any foreigner. It shows the world they're fighting the drug trade."
  • (Brad Davis) "Are you with the consulate?"
  • (Bo Hopkins) "Somethin' like that."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "How much did you pay this joker? This cab driver?"
  • (Brad Davis) "Two hundred dollars. It was my last two hundred."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "How much did you figure to make?"
  • (Brad Davis) "I was only gonna sell some of it to my friends. I'm not a pusher. Honest."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "It beats workin'. Do you get a family back home?"
  • (Brad Davis) "Yeah, a mother, father, brother, sister in Babylon, Long Island."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "It'll be tough on 'em."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "A girlfriend?"
  • (Brad Davis) "Yeah. She was on the plane."
  • (Brad Davis) "She didn't know anything about it. I didn't want her to."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "Lucky girl."
  • (Brad Davis) "Yeah. She used to say I was the lucky one."
  • (Bo Hopkins) "Well, let's hope so, Billy. I sure as hell hope so."

Brad Davis as Billy Hayes

  • (Brad Davis) "So, now it's time for me to speak. What is there for me to say? When I finish, you'll sentence me for my crime. So, let me ask you now: what is a crime? What is punishment? It seems to vary from time to time, place to place. What's legal today is, suddenly, illegal tomorrow; because, some society says it's so. And what's illegal yesterday, is, suddenly, legal; because, everybody's doing it and; you can't put everybody in jail. I'm not saying this is right or wrong. I'm just saying: that's the way it is."
  • (Brad Davis) "Can I have a blanket? You think I could have a blanket? It's cold. Could I have a blanket? A blanket."
  • (Brad Davis) "It looks like a cheap hotel."
  • (Randy Quaid) "Only the room service is lousy. I'm Jimmy Booth. This is Erich; something Swedish, I don't know."
  • (Norbert Weisser) "Just Erich."
  • (Randy Quaid) "He cleaned you up."
  • (Brad Davis) "Thanks. I'm Billy Hayes. At least, I used to be."
  • (Brad Davis) "Where are you stayin'?"
  • (Mike Kellin) "The Hilton."
  • (Brad Davis) "How do you like it? Istanbul?"
  • (Mike Kellin) "An interesting place. I tell you the truth I think the food is lousy. The crap they sell in these little restaurants. I had to run to the toilet. You should've seen the toilet. Anyway, I'm not taking any more chances. I'm going to eat at the Hilton, every night, with steak and French fries and lots of ketchup.; - Billy, why did you do it?"
  • (Brad Davis) "Money."
  • (Mike Kellin) "Look, I know you kids smoke that stuff and we drink booze; but, taking it across the border, that's; that's stupid, Billy. That's stupid."
  • (Brad Davis) "I know. Dad; get me out of here."
  • (Brad Davis) "Peacocks? Why peacocks?"
  • (Randy Quaid) "The Turks use them instead of dogs. They scream like mad if they're disturbed and they don't get rabies. The old sultans used to use them to guard their harems."
  • (Brad Davis) "Who are the kids?"
  • (Randy Quaid) "Kids; little fuckers. Thieves. Rapists. Pickpockets. Murderers. You name it, they do it. Don't trust any of 'em."
  • (Brad Davis) "I find loneliness is the physical pain which hurts all over. You can't isolate it in one part of your body."
  • (Brad Davis) "For a nation of pigs, it sure is funny you don't eat'em. Jesus Christ forgave the bastards, but I can't. I hate. I hate you. I hate your nation. And I hate your people. And I fuck your sons and daughters because they're pigs. You're a pig. You're all pigs."
  • (Brad Davis) "Dear Susan: Poor Jimmy was caught and beaten so badly he got a severe hernia, and lost a testicle. He's been in the sanitarium for months. In comparison, my problems seem very small."
  • (Brad Davis) "Dear Susan: 1970 has now passed into 1971. You can drift in here and never know you're gone. You can fade so far out that you don't know where you are anymore or where anything else is."

Randy Quaid as Jimmy

  • (Randy Quaid) "You're going to eat a lot more fasolia beans, Billy Baby, before you taste; hamburger again. Cause you broke the law, man, and you got caught."
  • (Randy Quaid) "What you in for? Hash?"
  • (Brad Davis) "Yeah."
  • (Randy Quaid) "Where?"
  • (Brad Davis) "The airport; trying to get home."
  • (Randy Quaid) "That's heavy."
  • (Brad Davis) "You think so?"
  • (Randy Quaid) "Yeah, I think so. This ain't the good ole USA. This is Turkey, man. It's a fuckin' accident here if you're innocent. They ain't nobody here who's innocent."
  • (Norbert Weisser) "Don't pay too much attention. Anything is possible in Turkey. He's talkin' about if they hit you for smuggling. It can be bad. But, if they make it possession. It's easier. You might even get bail."
  • (Randy Quaid) "Bail?"
  • (Norbert Weisser) "And if you make bail, you're free. You can get yourself a fake passport or sneak across the border to Greece."
  • (Randy Quaid) "Yeah, sure. Keep dreamin'. See where that gets you."
  • (Randy Quaid) "There's two ways out, I figure. Over the roof, but that's only one person, maybe two. The other way is under."
  • (Brad Davis) "Tunnel?"
  • (Randy Quaid) "It's already built. There's a basement substructure where they used to keep weapons and stuff, but beneath that there's these old catacombs that the Christians built about a thousand fucking years ago to bury their dead. We're sitting right on top of it; here. The Kraut said there's a whole bunch of hollow sealed shafts sort of like dumbwaiters running along this wall. One of them is right in there, right next to our shower. We can get in there, he says, we can get down into the catacombs. With the three of us working --"
  • (John Hurt) "Gotta be here someplace. Thought I heard a couple of dead Christians singing down there."
  • (Randy Quaid) "Stop shitting me, man."
  • (Brad Davis) "But how would you get into the shaft, Jimmy?"
  • (John Hurt) "I suppose you knock three times and ask for St. Peter."

John Hurt as Max

  • (John Hurt) "The best thing to do is to get your ass out of here. Best way that you can."
  • (Brad Davis) "Yeah, but how?"
  • (John Hurt) "Catch the midnight express."
  • (Brad Davis) "But what's that?"
  • (John Hurt) "Well it's not a train. It's a prison word for -- escape. But it doesn't stop around here."
  • (John Hurt) "There are no straight lawyers in Turkey. All bent. Bent, as happens, occupational necessity. They have special classes in corruption at night school. If you get suspected of honesty, then you get disbarred."

Peter Jeffrey as Ahmet

  • (Peter Jeffrey) "You see, we all; come from a factory and, sometimes, the factory makes bad machines. They don't work. So, they put them here. The bad machines don't know that they're bad machines. But, the people at the factory know. They know that you are one of the machines that doesn't work."
  • (Peter Jeffrey) "I've been here a very, very long time and they'll never let me go. They won't let you go, either. I mean, they'll tell you they'll let you go. But, in fact, you'll stay. You'll never go from here."
  • (Peter Jeffrey) "Where are you going? Why don't you walk the wheel with us? What is the matter my American friend? What has upset you? Oh, a bad machine doesn't know that he's a bad machine. You still don't believe it? You still don't believe you're a bad machine? To know yourself is to know God, my friend. The factory knows, that's why they put you here. You'll see. You'll find out. In time, you'll know."
  • (Brad Davis) "Oh, I know. I already know. I know that you are a bad machine. That's why the factory keeps you here. And do you know how I know? Huh? I know, because I'm from the factory. I make the machines."
  • (Peter Jeffrey) "Good morning, my American friend. It will be trouble if you go this way. A good Turk always walks to the right. Left is communist. Right is good. You see, you must go the other way. The other way is good."

Norbert Weisser as Erich

  • (Norbert Weisser) "Prison, monastery, cloister, cave. Prison, monastery, cloister, cave. Prison, monastery, cloister, cave. Prison, monastery, cloister, cave."
  • (Brad Davis) "Prison."

Irene Miracle as Susan

  • (Irene Miracle) "Oh, Billy, I wish I could make it better for you."
  • (Irene Miracle) "Excuse me -- Excuse me -- Excuse me -- Excuse me."
  • (Irene Miracle) "Nervous?"
  • (Brad Davis) "No."
  • (Irene Miracle) "Geez, I hate flying."
  • (Brad Davis) "It's something I ate. I think I've been poisoned."
  • (Irene Miracle) "Or you're just excited about getting home."
  • (Brad Davis) "No, I think it's the baklavas."
  • (Irene Miracle) "I told you not to eat 'em."
  • (Brad Davis) "Look, I gotta go to the john again. You go on through and I'll catch up to you, OK?"
  • (Irene Miracle) "So I'll wait."
  • (Brad Davis) "No, go. I'll -- I'll catch up to you. I'll -- I'll only be a minute. OK? OK?"
  • (Irene Miracle) "OK."

Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels

  • (Michael Ensign) "Sit down for a moment, Billy. I'm afraid I; have some bad news for you."

Mike Kellin as Mr. Hayes

  • (Mike Kellin) "All right, Billy. I know it sounds tough, but; we are going to get you out. I promise you. I don't want you to get stupid and pull anything. They can play with your sentence. All right. Now, I'm putting 500 dollars in the bank. Anything you need, you write. There's food here. There's candy. And there's writing paper. Books. Cigarettes. Soap. Toothbrush."
  • (Mike Kellin) "I've been writing insurance policies for 30 goddamn years and now I've got to see my own son; Jesus. Jesus. Billy, if I could be where you are -- I'd be there."
  • (Brad Davis) "I love you, Dad."
  • (Mike Kellin) "You take good care of my boy, you hear? Or I'll have your fuckin' head, you Turkish bastard."

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