Midnight Express The China Syndrome The Odessa File

  |  Buy to Own: 06/09/2004
  |  357 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Triple bill of tough dramas. Oliver Stone scripts and Alan Parker directs the prison drama 'Midnight Express', which is based on a true story. An American student (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 hellish experiences in jail. In 'The China Syndrome', struggling TV reporter Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda) sees an opportunity to break into hard news after she and her cameraman (Michael Douglas) witness a near meltdown in a nuclear power station. But the network refuses to air their report, whilst the plant's bosses will stop at nothing to ensure information on the incident remains undisclosed. Plant engineer Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon) is determined to expose the cover-up, however, and persuades Kimberley to help him. 'The Odessa File' is set in Germany in the early 1960s. Investigative journalist Peter Miller (Jon Voight) has obtained a diary detailing crimes committed by SS Captain Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell) when he was a WWII concentration camp commandant. Miller sets out to bring Roschmann to justice, but encounters trouble when he comes up against 'Odessa', a secret organisation dedicated to protecting former SS officers and advancing their position in the post-war world.