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Brokedown Palace (1999)

Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.

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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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They were young, fearless and friends forever. Until a stranger came between them. See more »


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

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

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Two Girls  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,871,616 (USA) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

$10,114,315 (USA) (22 October 1999)
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Thematically, the film shares a lot plotwise with Return to Paradise (1998) released in the same year. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
'Yankee' Hank Green: I scheduled the hearing for the Burmese.
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Naxalite
Written by Deeder Saidullah Zaman, Sanjay Gulabbhai Tailor, John Ashok Pandit, Steven Chandra Savale,
Aniruddha Das
Performed by Asian Dub Foundation
Courtesy of London Records
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Worth my cash.
5 June 2004 | by (Middletown MD, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at a store in the cheap section. I actually vividly remembered seeing the commercials and trailer for it years ago. I thought "What the hey' and bought it, basically because the plot sounded interesting and Claire Danes has always been someone of talent in my eyes (this was also before I became a huge Kate Beckinsale fan).

So it's about two girls who sneak off to a vacation in Bangkok, get busted for narcotics (which they are innocent of) and then are sent to a Thailand prison. The film follows what will happen to them and at times questions their innocence.

Both Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale give great performances, and the plot of this film wraps itself up unconventionally, and raises some nice moral discussion questions.

I think this is a solid good film, but there could have been some improvements. It could have been longer...it would've helped to solidify these characters and more insight into the politics of Thailand's justice system would've helped.

Nevertheless, other than that, it's a good film with some great performances.

P.S. For all you pop-culture junkies be on the lookout for a two-minute role by Paul Walker. I didn't even notice him the first time I saw the film.


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