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Brokedown Palace (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  13 August 1999 (USA)
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Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.



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Jamaican Prisoner
English Prisoner
Inthira Charoenpura ...
Prisoner Shub (as Intira Jaroenpura)


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Two Girls  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,114,315 (USA) (22 October 1999)

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Jennifer Love Hewitt lost the role of Darlene to Kate Beckinsale because of scheduling conflicts. See more »


[first lines]
'Yankee' Hank Green: I scheduled the hearing for the Burmese.
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A Fantastic Move, a Definite Must See For Anyone
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brokedown Palace is truly a one of a kind. It's an amazing story, showing two girl's plight for freedom against the Thailand justice system. They soon find themselves placing faith into a system they know nothing about.

Alice Morano (Claire Danes) and Darlene Davis (Kate Beckinsale), are two best friends, strait out of high school. They suddenly change their vacation plans from Hawaii to Thailand, and are immediately captivated by a young man, Nick Parks. He flirts with them both, and suggests that the three of them go to Hong Kong for the weekend.

When the two arrive at the airport, they are immediately searched for drugs. Someone tipped off customs, and in an instant, their life is changed forever. In the mix of the confusion of settling into their new life, they learn about a highly respected lawyer, named Hank Green (Bill Pullman).

An American who knows the Thai justice system, he fights for the girl to be free. But they soon find out, when they leave or go is all up to them.

If you're looking for a great movie that'll stay with you for years - Brokedown Palace is definitely the way to go.

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