Brokedown Palace

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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, ...
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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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Judged by its story, pace, production, exotic locales, and realistic acting, Brokedown Palace is every bit as good as 1978's drug-smuggling saga Midnight Express, coming closest to the earlier feature in content and tone. So why is it that Midnight Express is considered a cautionary classic, while Palace barely made ten million at the box office in an age when many movies make that in the first weekend? Because Palace, with its palpable paranoia and stomach-churning inevitability, is not an easy movie to watch. Neither was Express, but audiences have changed in the last two decades; they want their movies already chewed and digested by the time they pay $9.50 to see them, and director Jonathan Kaplan will have none of that. The characters, played with touching naïveté by Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, find themselves in a nightmare from which they cannot wake up, and the viewer is dragged into their life-changing gloom with them. It's impossible not to relate to the women, as everything they do is completely rationalized and understandable. The injustice of the consequences of their painfully prolonged adventure is difficult to bear -- in a word, it hurts. Once word got out that the film was the deeply disturbing story of two young women confined to a Third World jail, ticket-buyers vanished, giving grist to the argument that audiences don't want to experience anything more significant than rollercoaster-safe visceral thrills and the occasional light romance. Brokedown Palace offers that rarest of cinematic experiences: viewers actually feel something.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2000
  • UPC: 024543001249
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Technical Credits
Jonathan Kaplan Director
David Arata Original Story, Screenwriter
Roger A. Bowles Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Carson Musical Direction/Supervision
Curtiss Clayton Editor
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
Julie Selzer Casting
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Peter Walpole Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    saddest and greatest movie ever!!!

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saving Grace

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bring a tissue!

    This movie was suspenseful, it makes you wonder what life would be like living in another country.... beware... it will make you cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Movie with thrilling plot

    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!!

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