Midnight Express, although "based on a true story", Oliver Stone's screenplay took many liberties with Billy Hayes' account of his experience and is harshly racist in its depiction of Turkish people. Having said this, it is worth watching for Brad Davis' exceptional performance, one of the all-time great Oscar snubs.
John Hurt in "Midnight Express", 1978. This movie was an American-British prison drama directed by Alan Parker, based on Billy Hayes' 1977 non-fiction book, of the same name, and was adapted into a screenplay by Oliver Stone. Although the story is set largely in Turkey, the movie was filmed almost entirely in Malta, after permission to film in Istanbul was denied. "Midnight Express" received both critical acclaim and box office success