Midnight Express (1978) Poster


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Stalag 17 (1953)

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Van Morrison (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bil Murray during his celebrity corner
Saturday Night Live: Richard Benjamin/Rickie Lee Jones (1979) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Bill Murray's Celebrity Corner Oscars predictions
David Puttnam Interview (1979) (Video)
Airplane! (1980)
Captain Oveur says: Joey, have you ever been in a... in a Turkish prison?
Unos granujas decentes (1980)
An ad for this film is seen in a cinema
Shi ying xiong chong ying xiong (1980)
Mentioned in dialogue
On Location with: FAME (1980) (Short)
The Fading Image (1984) (Short)
The Super Ninja (1984)
The protagonist's girlfriend begs him to escape from his captors.
ALF: Pennsylvania 6-5000 (1986) (TV Episode)
Kate: "In 'Midnight Express' they broke his feet."
Slaughter High (1986)
Janitor killed when impaled through the back of the head on a coat hook. A prison guard dies this way in this movie.
At the Movies: Platoon/Lady and the Tramp/No Mercy (1986) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Platoon" review.
ALF: Try to Remember: Part 2 (1987) (TV Episode)
Kate: "In 'Midnight Express' they broke his feet."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I saw this on 'Midnight Express' once."
Doublecrossed (1991) (TV Movie)
Barry mentions the film while in prison.
The Commitments (1991)
Poster in video rental store.
Mad About You: Sunday Times (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Paul
Seinfeld: The Sniffing Accountant (1993) (TV Episode)
Jerry suspects Elaine's old classmate, who is now his accountant, is a drug addict upon learning about his recent trip to South America. After Elaine derides his claim, Jerry explains that people who go to South America "come back with things taped to their large intestine," alluding to smuggling drugs back into the US. This is a reference to "Midnight Express", the true story of Billy Hayes who was apprehended by overseas customs agents for attempting to smuggle illegal narcotcs (hashish) back into the United States-- which were "taped to his large intestine" (his waistline).
Chungking Express (1994)
The fast-food restaurant in "Chungking Express" is called "Midnight Express", a direct reference to the movie of the same name.
The George Carlin Show: George Runs Into an Old Friend (1994) (TV Episode)
George gets an idea from the film.
Seinfeld: The Soup (1994) (TV Episode)
When George is reluctant to ask a girl out, Jerry says to do it because "she's not going to put them on the glass".
The Nanny: When You Pish Upon a Star (1994) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the movie by name.
Century of Cinema: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995) (TV Episode)
Poster of this movie is shown.
Seinfeld: The Secret Code (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
The Cable Guy (1996)
The Cable Guy bares his breast and presses it against the glass while visiting Steven in jail. He then mentions that Oliver Stone won an Oscar for the screenplay.
Very Bad Things (1998)
Tina's death is identical to the death of head guard from "Midnight Express".
Gilmore Girls: Rory's Dance (2000) (TV Episode)
Lorelai talks about the Turkish prison in the film.
Inferno: Interview with Writer/Director Dario Argento and Assistant Director Lamberto Bava (2000) (Video)
Mentioned in relation to actress Irene Miracle.
That '70s Show: Canadian Road Trip (2001) (TV Episode)
Fez mentions the film Midnight Express (1978) by name.
Primetime Glick: Dennis Miller/Jerry Seinfeld (2001) (TV Episode)
Dennis Miller references this while being interviewed with Jiminy Glick.
Gilmore Girls: The Road Trip to Harvard (2001) (TV Episode)
Lane says that she smuggled her bootleg CD's through customs by strapping them to her body. This is the series' 2nd reference to this movie.
Holiday in the Sun (2001) (Video)
(after being in jail) "It's not American Express, it's Midnight Express"
S' agapo - M' agapas: Episode #1.17 (2001) (TV Episode)
Relic Hunter: Faux Fox (2002) (TV Episode)
Nigel says he's afraid of the Spanish prisons because he's "seen the movie". Sydney corrects him, "It was a Turkish prison."
The Simpsons: C.E.D'oh (2003) (TV Episode)
Mr. Burns says that Smithers is "doing 80 years on an opium bust in a Turkish prison."
Gilmore Girls: Ballrooms and Biscotti (2003) (TV Episode)
Rory describes the plot of the film while outlining a hypothetical situation where she and her mother might accidentally smuggle drugs back from Europe.
EuroTrip (2004)
Courier company is "Midnite Express"
The Simpsons: Midnight Rx (2005) (TV Episode)
episode title
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
King Kong (2005)
Kong bites off a piece of the T. Rex's tongue and spits in into the air, just the same way Brad Davis does to the snitch in MIDNIGHT EXPRESS.
Little Britain: Episode #3.4 (2005) (TV Episode)
Travel agent tells a lady he can get her to where they filmed the movie
Loufa Kai Parallagi: Seirines Sto Aigaio (2005)
Mentioned by Mr. Makris
Max & Paddy's The Power of Two (2005) (Video)
Max mentions the movie during the back stretching exercise
Entourage: I Wanna Be Sedated (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Aída: Él es preso de medianoche (2008) (TV Episode)
Title (Spanish aka) reference.
Eagle Eye (2008)
dvd cover shown as part of Jerry's life while at Circuit City
Paul Smith: The Reddest Herring (2008) (Video)
features star Paul L. Smith
Malmö's Finest: I Am the Hammer of Thor (2009) (Short)
A character mentions Midnight Express as a reason why they can get in trouble for hash.
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Carrie mentions the movie at the airport
Locked Up Abroad: The Real Midnight Express (2010) (TV Episode)
documentary, about events which inspired film, notes difference between true events and how portrayed in the film.
Hollywood's Best Film Directors: Alan Parker (2010) (TV Episode)
Film mentioned during introduction. Further screenshots and commentary.
Packed to the Rafters: Live and Let Live (2010) (TV Episode)
Rachel mentioned the movie.
Inferno: Reflections of Rose with Irene Miracle (2011) (Video)
Discussed ; Poster. Earlier production starring actress Irene Miracle.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.140 (2011) (TV Episode)
Ralph Macchio says that getting caught shoplifting pastries when he was 12 years old was like "Midnight Express"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: David Spade/Tom Papa/Plain White T's/'The Voice' Finalists (2011) (TV Episode)
David Spade tells a story about being arrested in college and telling a woman to wait for him like in the film
Entourage: Whiz Kid (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Billy
General Hospital: Episode #1.12681 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Luke
Leading Man with Reed Birney (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Guidance (2014)
David mentions movie by name
Uncle: Episode #2.3 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street (2015)
Title appears on a theatre marquee on 42nd Street, New York City
Ali Baba and the Seven Dwarfs (2015)
Mentioned in dialogue
General Hospital: Episode #1.13791 (2017) (TV Episode)
Jax says that the Port Charlesn't jail, "is not Midnight Express."
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Pieces (2018) (TV Episode)
Joe Bob mentions the film while discussing Paul L. Smith.

Featured in 

I'm Healthy, I'm Alive and I'm Free (1977) (TV Short)
Making of documentary about this film. Clips shown.
And the Band Played On (1993) (TV Movie)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
on TV in motel
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
Prison shower kissing scene
I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1978 (2006) (TV Episode)
it features "the scene"
Midnight Express: The Production (2008) (Video)
Documentary about the making of this film.
Midnight Express: The Finished Film (2008) (Video)
Documentary about the making of this film.
Midnight Express: The Producers (2009) (Video)
Documentary about the making of this film.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
How to Escape Prison segment
WatchMojo: Top 10 Prison Escape Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
Midnight Express is #7.
Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies: New Frontiers (2013) (TV Episode)
clips shown and title/theme music discussed
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
WatchMojo: Top 10 John Hurt Performances (2014) (TV Episode)
Max is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Historically Inaccurate Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Midnight Express gets an honorable mention.
Prison Night (2015) (TV Special)
Clips shown.
Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2016)
This is a documentary about the misrepresentations in the film and the controversy it caused.

Spoofed in 

SCTV: Midnight Express Special (1981) (TV Episode)
Part of basis for parody "Midnight Express Special".
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror II (1991) (TV Episode)
The scene where Homer gets caught at the airport is a spoof of a scene in Midnight Express
Family Guy: Brian: Portrait of a Dog (1999) (TV Episode)
At dog jail, Brian is in the visiting room and looks across to see a female dog pressing her nipples against the glass, parodying the visitation scene in this film.
Spaced: Back (2001) (TV Episode)
The scene of a man running and being caught by security in the airport with similar music to this film.
Robot Chicken: The Departy Monster (2011) (TV Episode)
Dorothy showing her breasts in Oz segment

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