Brokedown PalaceDirector: Jonathan Kaplan
Two carefree Americans embark on an overseas vacation that soon becomes a nightmare in this powerful drama. Alice (Claire Danes) is a headstrong teenager who wants to do something different to celebrate her high school graduation, so she persuades her more reserved best friend Darlene (Kate Beckinsale) to join her on a trip to Bangkok. While enjoying sun and scenery, Alice and Darlene meet Nick Parks (Daniel Lapaine), a charming Australian who shows them the sights and sweet-talks Darlene into a romantic assignation, which is something of a surprise to her bolder friend Alice. Nick then suggests that they join him on a side trip to Hong Kong, but they soon discover that Nick's interest has been neither friendly nor romantic: he has hidden a large amount of heroin in their luggage and is using them as drug runners without their knowledge. When the heroin is found by customs officials, Alice and Darlene are quickly tried and sentenced to 33 years in a hideous prison known to inmates as Broke-Down Palace. Their plight comes to the attention of "Yankee Hank" (Bill Pullman), a renegade American attorney in Asia, but while Hank struggles with the court system to get Alice and Darlene released, they must deal with the living hell of life behind bars, and their own doubts about each other. Brokedown Palace was directed by Jonathan Kaplan, who previously dealt with judicial injustice in The Accused and teens in difficult circumstances in Over the Edge.
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- 20th Century Fox
Cast & Crew
|Claire Danes||Alice Marano|
|Kate Beckinsale||Darlene Davis|
|Bill Pullman||Hank Greene|
|Jacqueline Kim||Yon Greene|
|Lou Diamond Phillips||Roy Knox|
|Daniel Lapaine||Nick Parks|
|Tom Amandes||Doug Davis|
|Aimee Graham||Beth Ann Gardener|
|John Doe||Bill Marano|
|Lim Kay Tong||Chief Detective Jagkrit|
|Amanda de Cadenet||English Prisoner|
|Paul Walker||(uncredited) Jason|
|David Arata||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Roger A. Bowles||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jeff Carson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Amanda Demme||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Daniel Fernandez||Set Decoration/Design|
|April Ferry||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Adam Fields||Original Story,Producer|
|Peter Francis||Set Decoration/Design|
|A. Kitman Ho||Executive Producer|
|Roy Lachica||Art Director|
|Neil Lamont||Art Director|
|John Midgley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|David Newman||Score Composer|
|James Newport||Production Designer|
|Liz Ryan||Asst. Director|
|Newton Thomas Sigel||Cinematographer|
|Peter Walpole||Set Decoration/Design|
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this is my favorite movie out of all the films i've seen...ive seen it about 5 times and everytime i cry...it just shows of the great friendship these s have and their love for another...i watched it with my best friend and we cried together...this deserves 5 stars!!!!
This movie was great, I cried, I still cry when I think about it. I cry to think most of you whow saw the movie, did nothing about it. Americans and people from other countries are hidden away in 3rd world countries [yes I consider China & Japan 3rd world countries when they act the way they do] with very few people trying to help them. My voice has joined the voices of others, will yours? Or will you not care as soon as you've forgotten about the movie Broke Down Palace?
One of the best ever films!I just couldn't get over what's represented in this film. I was crying and thinking what horrible conditions these people live in, the injustice...everything!An amazing film!
I love this movie....it is a story of true friendship and sacrifice! Everyone should have to watch it! It really makes you appriciate the rights we have as americans... you will be chilled by these excellent actresses! (The actors are pretty great too).
This movie was incredible! I was in suspence the whole time. I even cried a little. This movie is deffinitly one I want to own. If you haven't already you should check this one out!!
This movie was suspenseful, it makes you wonder what life would be like living in another country.... beware... it will make you cry.