, Irene Miracle
, Bo Hopkins
, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid
, Norbert Weisser
, John Hurt
, Mike Kellin, Franco Diogene, Michael Ensign, Kevork Malikyan, Peter Jeffrey, Gigi Ballista, Joe Zammit Cordina
On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already ...