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Brokedown Palace (1999)

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Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.

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Jonathan Kaplan

Writers:

Adam Fields (story), David Arata (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Kay Tong Lim Kay Tong Lim ... Chief Detective Jagkrit
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Guard Velie
Henry O Henry O ... Emissary to Crown
Bahni Turpin ... Jamaican Prisoner
Amanda De Cadenet ... English Prisoner
Inthira Charoenpura Inthira Charoenpura ... Prisoner Shub (as Intira Jaroenpura)
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Storyline

Alice and Darlene, best friends, decide to take a trip to Thailand to celebrate high-school graduation. While there, they are befriended by charming Australian rogue Nick Parks. Nick convinces them to take a weekend side trip to Hong Kong, but at the airport, they are busted for smuggling drugs. They are convicted in a show trial and sentenced to 33 years; in desperation, they contact Yankee Hank, an American lawyer based in Thailand who has been reported to be helpful if you've got the cash. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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What is your dream? How far would you go? Who could you trust? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, drug related material and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,871,616, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$10,115,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,115,013
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in the Philippines due to the unfavorable portrayal of Thailand. This involved converting a mental institute to the prison and changing street signs from English to Thai. See more »

Goofs

When the girls are being escorted out of the airport, you can see a large crowd of people behind a waiting line rope. These are most likely local residents who clamored to get a glimpse of the movie while being filmed as all of them are clearly watching the scenario as it unfolds. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
'Yankee' Hank Green: I scheduled the hearing for the Burmese.
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Soundtracks

Even When I'm Sleeping
Written by Dean Manning
Performed by Leonardo's Bride (as leonardo's bride)
Produced by Justin Stanley
Remixed by Paul Mac
Courtesy of Mushroom Records International BV
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Can you trust your best friend and how far will you go for them
15 October 1999 | by RichardJSee all my reviews

Although I go to the movies regularly, I didn't see a trailer for this film, and the few reviews I read beforehand suggested it would appeal mainly to women under 35. Being neither, I could have been excused for missing this film, which would have been a shame, because I enjoyed it. The acting from Danes, Beckinsdale and Pullman was excellent and a pleasant change from watching films where special effects try to substitute for quality acting. Brokedown Palace is one of the few films I've seen this year where I haven't been able to correctly predict the outcome half way through.

For me this was more than a repeat of the "tourist taken advantage of by nasty local/foreign low life" film. While it is clearly a cautionary tale of the risks of travelling abroad, it is also very much about trusting your friends and the extent you are willing to make sacrifices for them.

It is also a reminder that in any country, justice is dispensed by people with power, and the extent that truth features in the dispensing of justice is largely at their discretion. The film correctly portrays that crying "I'm an American citizen, I have rights" rarely sees an immediate release from jail and humble apology from the local police, nor does enlisting the help of the US embassy result in a company of marines landing at night to storm the jail and rescue you.

Brokedown Palace is one of the few films I have seen this year which I intend to see again.


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