Brokedown Palace 1999

Brokedown Palace

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Lacks credibility and tension.

31%

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Total Count: 35

66%

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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 & Crew

Claire Danes
Alice Marano
Kate Beckinsale
Darlene Davis
Bill Pullman
'Yankee' Hank Green
Tom Amandes
Doug Davis
Aimee Graham
Beth Ann Gardener
John Doe
Bill Marano
Lim Kay Tong
Chief Det. Jagkrit
A. Kitman Ho
Executive Producer
Abby Dobson
Original Music
P.J. Harvey
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Hummie Mann
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David Newman
Original Music
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Brokedown Palace

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Audience Reviews for Brokedown Palace

  • Aug 28, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    If you've seen one girls-in-foreign-country-planted-with-drugs-and-thrown-in-prison movie, you've seen 'em all. Problem is that while most of those predecessors are nudie shlockfests, this one wants to be taken seriously.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2009
    Decent film about self-sacrifice and friendship.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2008
    Really not so good. way too long of a boring buildup with a lackluster ending. also the backround music just lays a veneer of cheap to the entire film. not the worst movie I've ever seen, but pretty bad overall.
    *Kimberly * Super Reviewer

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