Picks and Pans Review: Midnight Express

updated 09/22/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (9-11:30 p.m. ET)

Brad Davis stars as an American college student whose amateurish attempt to smuggle hashish lands him in a brutal Turkish prison. The rock-hard acting (Randy Quaid and John Hurt are standouts) and jackhammer action made the movie the sleeper hit of 1978.


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