The 1978 film MIDNIGHT EXPRESS told the story of 23-year-old college student Billy Hayes - his life, imprisonment due to drug smuggling and escape from a prison in Istanbul, Turkey. But because of legal reasons, neither the film nor the book, authored by Hayes, were completely accurate. Now, Billy tells the real story of being sent to the infamous Turkish Samalclar prison. After spending five years there, he was sent to Imrali, an island prison off the coast of Turkey. His journey to freedom from Imrali began after stealing a fisherman's dinghy and heaving a skiff seventeen miles through the rolling waves to the mainland. However, once he reached the shore, Billy ran into a military checkpoint, where he was immediately arrested. His captors turn out to be Greek, historically enemies of those who had previously incarcerated him, and Billy is granted his long-awaited freedom.
National Geographic - Banged Up Abroad - The Real Midnight Express