Synopsis: Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is a young American caught by Turkish police while attempting to smuggle hash out of Istanbul. He's tried and sent to prison for four years, where he endures all manner of privation and abuse. As he finishes up his time, he's shocked to learn that the Turkish High Court has added a further 30 years to his sentence. He is now thoroughly demoralized, and his life in prison grows increasingly unbearable until he concludes that escape is his only option.

SUSAN digging in her bag for her passport as she walks.

BILLY, looking from guards ahead to SUSAN. He suddenly

breaks stride, still a fair distance from the

checkpoint. SUSAN glances at him. He is holding his belly.


I think I've been poisoned.


And you ate two baclavas, right? I

not to touch them, mine was awful.


(his voice strained)

Look, I think I'm going to have to

go to the john again. You go on

through, I'll catch up.

With a sense of panic, he turns and goes back down the

corridor without waiting for a response. SUSAN concerned,

moves on.


BILLY in the WASHROOM MIRROR, again checks himself out.

His glasses are off, and he has just watered himself down.

But the SOUND of his HEARTBEAT is up, and his nerves are

visible in his eyeballs and he knows it. He dabs at the

sweat on his sideburns. He closes his eyes, takes a DEEP

BREATH. A pause. He puts his dark sunglasses back on.

Turns away from the mirror. No going back now.


Closer, closer, Guns in their HOLSTERS. SOUND of billy's


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Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone's films primarily focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such that they were considered contentious at the times of their releases. more…

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