I thought I had seen this with my dad when I was 12-years-old or so. But he insists that he started it and never finished it. So now I'm not sure. He probably recorded it, we started it together, he got bored, and I finished it.
Either way, I didn't remember much about this other than it seemed like it would really suck to be in a Turkish prison. I made a note to myself to never try to smuggle hash through the airport in Istanbul.
At first, SHR and I didn't feel very sorry for the idiot. Do the crime, do the time. But then things got a bit dicier in the second half. After an extended prison sentence, Randy Quaid going ballistic, more and more claustrophobic situations, biting tongues out, masturbation while the main character made his fiance press her breasts against the glass partition upon her visit, and an attempted rape by a guard - the shit had really hit the fan. By that time, SHR had long bailed out.
By the end, I had completely been won over by the movie. Stone Groove, give it another chance!
On another note, I loved the soundtrack - kind of a cross between Twin Peaks and Assault on Precinct 13. Mitch feels the same way.
Directed by Alan Parker
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