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Papillon/Midnight Express/Missing (1982)

Region: 2
UPC/Barcode: 5050582382426
Released: 3rd October 2005
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: 3
Catalogue No: 8238242
Category: Feature, Drama
Format: DVD / Box Set
Papillon/Midnight Express/Missing (1982) (Box Set) (Deleted)

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Based on: The books by Henri Charriere, Billy Hayes, and Thomas Hauser

Story: Triple-bill of harrowing dramas based on true stories. In 'Papillon' (1973), based on Henri 'Papillon' Charriere's account of life in the infamous and reputedly inescapable Devil's Island prison, Steve McQueen stars as the eponymous prisoner. Refusing to surrender to the cruelty of the prison regime, Papillon protects the bespectacled Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman) from an abusive guard, makes a bid for freedom, and ends up spending a long spell in solitary confinement. When he is finally released back into the main prison, he again refuses to surrender and, along with Dega, makes another escape attempt. In 'Midnight Express' (1978), American student Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is caught smuggling hashish and faces years in a Turkish prison. While his family at home attempt to have him freed, he undergoes the hellish experience of jail, helped only by fellow convicts Max (John Hurt) and Jimmy (Randy Quaid). Eventually he manages to make his escape on the 'midnight express', the prison slang for a jail-break. Finally, in 'Missing' (1982), American political activist Charles Horman (John Shea) suddenly disappears while protesting a violent military coup in South America. His wife Beth (Sissy Spacek) and his father Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon) go in search of their husband and son, but with officials trying to block their every move, Ed soon realises that the family has been betrayed by their own government.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, John Shea, Anthony Zerbe, Charles Cioffi, Brad Davis, Bo Hopkins, George Coulouris, David Clennon, Randy Quaid, Bill Mumy, Richard Venture, John Hurt, Woodrow Parfrey, Jerry Hardin, Mike Kellin, Gregory Sierra, Richard Bradford, Irene Miracle, William Smithers, Joe Regalbuto, Paolo Bonacelli, Norbert Weisser, Franco Diogene, Paul L. Smith, Michael Ensign, Gigi Ballista, Kevork Malikayan, Peter Jeffrey

Directed by: Constantin Costa-Gavras, Alan Parker, Franklin J. Schaffner

Music by: Giorgio Moroder, Jerry Goldsmith

Produced by: Alan Marshall, Robert Dorfman, David Puttnam

Written by: Dalton Trumbo, Constantin Costa-Gavras, Oliver Stone, Lorenzo Semple Jr, Donald Stewart

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Studio/distributor: 4 Front Video

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