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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 willing to go anywhere for the perfect summer. Until stranger changed everything 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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,871,616, 15 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,114,315, 24 October 1999
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Paul Walker has an uncredited cameo as one of the girls' boyfriend in the opening moments of the film 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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Featured in HBO First Look: Brokedown Palace (1999) See more »

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Policeman Skank (The Story of My Life)
Written by Robin File, Sean McCann, Martin Merchant, Robert Maxfield
Performed by Audioweb
Courtesy of Mother Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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Can you trust your best friend and how far will you go for them
15 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Although I go to the movies regularly, I didn't see a trailer for this film, and the few reviews I read beforehand suggested it would appeal mainly to women under 35. Being neither, I could have been excused for missing this film, which would have been a shame, because I enjoyed it. The acting from Danes, Beckinsdale and Pullman was excellent and a pleasant change from watching films where special effects try to substitute for quality acting. Brokedown Palace is one of the few films I've seen this year where I haven't been able to correctly predict the outcome half way through.

For me this was more than a repeat of the "tourist taken advantage of by nasty local/foreign low life" film. While it is clearly a cautionary tale of the risks of travelling abroad, it is also very much about trusting your friends and the extent you are willing to make sacrifices for them.

It is also a reminder that in any country, justice is dispensed by people with power, and the extent that truth features in the dispensing of justice is largely at their discretion. The film correctly portrays that crying "I'm an American citizen, I have rights" rarely sees an immediate release from jail and humble apology from the local police, nor does enlisting the help of the US embassy result in a company of marines landing at night to storm the jail and rescue you.

Brokedown Palace is one of the few films I have seen this year which I intend to see again.


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