Brokedown Palace Poster

Release Date: 1999

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2000

PG-13|1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Telling their parents they're going to Hawaii, recent high school grads Alice (Claire Danes) and Darlene (Kate Beckinsale) instead travel to Thailand, thinking their money will go farther. There they meet Nick, a charming Aussie who sells them on the idea of traveling to Hong Kong with him. But things go awry at the airport when the girls are caught smuggling illegal substances in their luggage. Having been duped by Nick, the girls are sentenced to 33 years in a Thai prison.

Cast: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim, Lou Diamond Phillips, Daniel Lapaine, Tom Amandes, Aimee Graham

Director: Jonathan Kaplan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, Adam Fields Productions, Fox 2000 Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The heart of the film is in the performances of Danes and Beckinsale after they're sent to prison. show more

  • The movie, directed by veteran Jonathan Kaplan, has enough in common with such American-in-foreign-jail movies as "Midnight Express" and the recent "Return to Paradise" to make you wonder why it ever got made. show more

  • The specifics of their predicament are well handled -- being thrown in a Third World prison may be every tourist's nightmare -- even if the movie eventually goes soft and squishy. show more

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