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Brokedown Palace

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 1999
  • Jonathan Kaplan
  • 96 mins
  • 12

Summary

Prison drama starring Claire Danes, Bill Pullman and Kate Beckinsale. Opting out of a post-graduation Hawaiian holiday in favour of a trip to Thailand, lifelong friends Alice and Darlene are befriended by a charming Australian who suggests an excursion to Hong Kong. But the jaunt turns into a nightmare for the girls when they are arrested for drug smuggling.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

If it weren't for sterling performances from Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, this would be yet another turgid rehash of the plot in which nice American kids get burnt by drug laws in Thailand. After high school, the two friends travel to Asia for a holiday but unwittingly become involved in a drugs scam and are arrested for heroin possession. Slammed in a Tenko-style women's prison (whose most bizarre inmate is a cockney-accented Amanda De Cadenet), the two young women pin their hopes on renegade lawyer Bill Pullman. The film, subsequently cold-shouldered by both stars, is entirely formulaic, predictable and dull. Given the all-too-evident abilities of Danes and Beckinsale, the true crime here is a flagrant waste of talent.

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Credits

Cast

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Alice MaranoClaire Danes
Henry "Yank Hank" GreeneBill Pullman
Darlene DavisKate Beckinsale
Roy KnoxLou Diamond Phillips
Yon GreeneJacqueline Kim
Skip Kahn, "Nick Parks"Daniel Lapaine
Doug DavisTom Amandes
Beth Ann GardenerAimee Graham

Crew

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DirectorJonathan Kaplan

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1999-11-19
Languages
English | Thai
Guidance
May be edited for language, violence and drug abuse.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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