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Brokedown Palace (1999)



Critic Consensus: Lacks credibility and tension.

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Arata, Adam Fields
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Claire Danes
as Alice Marano
Kate Beckinsale
as Darlene Davis
Bill Pullman
as Yankee Hank Green
Daniel Lapaine
as Nick Parks
Jacqueline Kim
as Yon Greene
Jacqui Kim
as Yon Greene
Tom Amandes
as Doug Davis
Aimee Graham
as Beth Ann Gardener
John Doe
as Bill Marano
Kay Tong Lim
as Chief Detective Jagk...
Beulah Quo
as Guard Velie
Bahni Turpin
as Jamaican Prisoner
Lilia Cuntapay
as Old Prisoner
Henry O
as Emissary To Crown
Amanda De Cadenet
as English Prisoner
Indhira Charoenpura
as Prisoner Shub
Somsuda Chotikasupa
as Glasses Guard
Lori Lethin
as Lori Davis
Hayley Palmer
as Heidi Davis
Victor Neri
as Bellhop
Kawee Sirikhanaerut
as Shouting Soldier
Joonee Gamboa
as Attorney Montree
Phikun M. Sabino
as Guard Sorhirun
Toun Tolentino
as Old Dorm Guard
Tawewan Promgontha
as Young Dorm Guard
Sawan Edo
as Guard Sawalee
Sudarat L. Gaoat
as Guard Mangman
Tawatchai Teeranusoo...
as Thai Judge No. 1
M. Tom Visvachat
as Thai Judge No. 2
Tony Carney
as Doug's Translator
Pichada De Jesus
as Darlene's Translator
Sutagorn Jaiman
as Prosecutor
Pathompong Supalert
as Defense Attorney
Achavasak Phitak
as Officer Deesom
Songkran Somboon
as Officer Changjarung
Harry E. Northup
as Leon Smith
Phanom Promguntha
as Customs Supervisor
Jake De Asis
as Royal Thai Guard
Olympio D. Franco
as Sick Prisoner
Ronnie Lazaro
as Security
Yuthana Kaewdaeng
as Thai Vendor
Paul Walker
as (uncredited) Jason
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Critic Reviews for Brokedown Palace

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (16)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

about as thrilling as a long line at customs. The screenplay (is)apparently based on those recorded warnings played in airports... Danes and Beckinsale struggle to bring some conviction to a story sorely in need of it.

Full Review… | June 21, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Offensively stupid.

Full Review… | March 8, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Explores friendship as a school of virtue where trust and honesty are always tested.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

...trite, implausible, and annoying.

April 7, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Brokedown Palace

Brokedown Palace is a powerful drama film about two friends that are accused of drug smuggling and are sentenced to spend 33 years in prison. The prison they are sent to is nicknamed "broke down palace", and it's a prison that has an awful reputation. Brokedown Palace has a very good cast of actors, and I have to say, Kate Beckinsale really shines here, considering her body of work. This one of her best films, and I also thought that Claire Danes was terrific as well. Some parts of the film are uneven, but for the most part this is a very good drama film that is held together by the performances of its two leads. This is good film, one that has a good story. If you ever get the chance of watching Brokedown Palace, you should give it a shot. I normally don't care much for Beckinsale, although I liked in her in some of the films I've seen her in, this is a good little film. The film is nothing that will make you write home about, but for what its, it's a well made drama film that has an engaging story. Where the film tends to lack is when the two friends start questioning each other, once they're in prison. I felt that it was a bit too dramatic, but it was still good nonetheless. They could've just toned it down slightly, I think. A good film that has a few imperfections, but it has an engaging and interesting story with above decent acting. An interesting drama film worth seeing at least once.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


This women prison drama is powerful as the acting is excellent and the photography is stunning.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


This is a pretty good drama and the casting was great. I like that it lets you decide for yourself who did what at the end. It was a complete story.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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