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Brokedown Palace -- Two girls who just finished high school take a trip to Thailand where they find themselves arrested for drug smuggling.
Brokedown Palace -- Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.


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13 August 1999 (USA) See more »
What is your dream? How far would you go? Who could you trust? See more »
Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claire Danes ... Alice Marano

Kate Beckinsale ... Darlene Davis

Bill Pullman ... Hank Greene

Jacqueline Kim ... Yon Greene

Lou Diamond Phillips ... Roy Knox

Daniel Lapaine ... Nick Parks

Tom Amandes ... Doug Davis

Aimee Graham ... Beth Ann Gardener

John Doe ... Bill Marano
Kay Tong Lim ... Chief Detective Jagkrit
Beulah Quo ... Guard Velie
Henry O ... Emissary to Crown
Bahni Turpin ... Jamaican Prisoner

Amanda De Cadenet ... English Prisoner
Inthira Charoenpura ... Prisoner Shub (as Intira Jaroenpura)
Lilia Cuntapay ... Old Prisoner
Somsuda Chotikasupa ... Glasses Guard

Maya Goodwin ... Mary (as Maya Elise Goodwin)

Chad Todhunter ... Ferg
Lori Lethin ... Lori Davis
Hayley Palmer ... Heidi Davis
Rhency Padilla ... Pool Boy
Victor Neri ... Bellhop
Ermie Concepcion ... Paku (as Ermie M. Concepcion)
Nopachai Israngkur na Ayudhya ... Cabbie #1
Ayutthaya A. Payakkapong ... Cabbie #2
Seng Kawee ... Shouting Soldier (as Kawee Sirikhanaerut)

Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Sgt. Choy

Val Victa ... Lt. Tung (as Mario Valentino Victa)
Joonee Gamboa ... Attorney Montree
Phikun M. Sabino ... Guard Sorhirun
Toun Tolentino ... Old Dorm Guard
Tawewan Promgontha ... Young Dorm Guard
Sawan Edo ... Guard Sawalee
Sudarat L. Gaoat ... Guard Mangman
Tawatchai Teeranusoon ... Thai Judge #1
M. Tom Visvachat ... Thai Judge #2
Anthony Carney ... Doug's Translator (as Tony Carney)
Pichada de Jesus ... Darlene's Translator
Sutagorn Jaiman ... Prosecutor
Pathompong Supalert ... Defense Attorney
Achavasak Phitak ... Officer Deesom
Songkran Somboon ... Officer Changjarung

Harry Northup ... Leon Smith (as Harry E. Northup)
Johnny Ray McGhee ... DEA Agent
Phanom Promguntha ... Customs Supervisor
Jake de Asis ... Royal Thai Guard
Olympio D. Franco ... Sick Prisoner
Ronnie Lazaro ... Security
Parinya Pattamadilok ... Shop Owner
Yuthana Kaewdaeng ... Thai Vendor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Walker ... Jason (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Kaplan 
Writing credits
Adam Fields (story) &
David Arata (story)

David Arata (screenplay)

Produced by
Adam Fields .... producer
A. Kitman Ho .... executive producer
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... producer: Philippines
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel 
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Don Zimmerman (uncredited)
Casting by
Julie Selzer 
Production Design by
James William Newport  (as James Newport)
Art Direction by
Roy Lachica 
Neil Lamont 
Set Decoration by
Peter Walpole 
William Kemper Wright 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... makeup department head
Jane Galli .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Petra Schaumann .... hair stylist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Thomas Hayslip .... unit production manager
A. Kitman Ho .... unit production manager
Helen Pollak .... production manager: L.A. unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ada Bautista .... trainee assistant director
Phil Hardage .... second assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Bruce Meade .... second unit director
Caloy Medina .... second assistant director: Philippines
Liz Ryan .... first assistant director
Arturo Soquerata .... first assistant director: Philippines (as Arturo 'Boy' Soquerata)
Art Department
Roger Bowles .... set designer
Guillaume DeLouche .... on-set dresser
Daniel Fernández .... set designer
Peter Francis .... set designer
Andy Friend .... storyboard artist
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Peg McClellan .... illustrator
Arthur Shippee .... property master
Oliver Dear .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Apted .... assistant sound editor
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Sandy Berman .... sound designer
Sandy Berman .... supervising sound editor
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
David Burk .... assistant sound editor
Ted Caplan .... foley editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Blake R. Cornett .... first assistant sound editor
Susan Dawes .... dialogue editor (as Susan Shackelford)
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
Steven Gerrior .... assistant sound editor
Meredith Gold .... first assistant sound editor
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Jerelyn J. Harding .... adr supervisor
Dave Kulczycki .... dialogue editor (as David Kulczycki)
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo .... apprentice sound editor (as Kelly Mahan Jaramillo)
Chuck Michael .... sound effects editor
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley supervisor
Donald Sylvester .... adr editor
Jon Vogl .... foley recordist
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects editor
John Lajvort .... sound editorial engineer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danilo Dominguez .... special effects
Sonny Intal .... special effects
Manny Macapagal .... special effects
Lee McConnell .... special effects foreman: Los Angeles (as Lee Alan McConnell)
Tons Munoz .... special effects
Eric Rylander .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Ed Sto. Domingo .... special effects (as Edgardo Sto. Domingo)
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... digital effects producer: Digital Filmworks
Patrick Clancey .... supervising compositor: The Post Group
Syd Dutton .... visual effects: Illusion Arts
Barbara Genicoff .... visual effects coordinator: The Post Group
Erik Henry .... visual effects supervisor
Sharon Holly .... visual effects producer
Chris Holmes .... digital compositor
Christopher Leone .... lead 2D artist: Digital Filmworks
Kelvin McIlwain .... matte artist: Illusion Arts
Peter W. Moyer .... digital effects supervisor: Digital FilmWorks
Marco S. Paolini .... lead 2D artist: Digital Filmworks (as Marco Paolini)
Alison Rein .... production manager: Digital Filmworks
Bill Taylor .... visual effects: Illusion Arts
Rich Thorne .... visual effects supervisor
Mike Wassel .... matte artist: Illusion Arts (as Mike Wassel)
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunt double: Claire Danes
George Cheung .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunt coordinator
Tim A. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Anita Hart .... stunts
Kendel McMurray .... stunts
Renato Morado .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Mauriece Jacks Jr. .... video assist operator
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lonnie Leslie .... dolly grip
Scott McGowan .... grip: Los Angeles
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Stephen Thorp .... rigging gaffer: United States
Clay Valenti .... assistant camera
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip
Tim Scannell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ricky Araneta .... casting: Philippines
Lauris Freeman .... casting associate
Patricia Pao .... casting: Asia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Berwick .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... colorist: high definition mastering
Gena Bleier .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Dale Caldwell .... color timer
Amy E. Duddleston .... additional editor
Glenn Farr .... additional editor
Scott Hill .... first assistant editor
Heather Hughes .... assistant editor
Jessica Landaw .... assistant editor
Dan Zimmerman .... assistant film editor
Dean Zimmerman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Beecher .... assistant music editor
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Jeff Carson .... music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... scoring contractor
Steven Gizicki .... soundtrack executive
Daniel Hamuy .... orchestrator
Alexander Janko .... orchestrator (as Xandy Janko)
Hummie Mann .... composer: additional music, fight scene
David Newman .... conductor
Krystyna Newman .... music scoring consultant
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Ron Shaffer .... music soundtrack mixer
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Tom Villano .... music editor
Kevin Crehan .... music editor (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Joselito Bonus .... animal handler
Renato Dela Torre .... animal caretaker
Benjamin Delina .... animal caretaker
Bonnie Fernimen .... medic: Los Angeles
Anne C. Ford .... production accountant (as Anne Ford)
Marty Frasu .... synthesizer programmer
William Gulliver .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Mary Holliday .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Mary E. Holliday)
Anthony E. Kountz .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Oli Laperal Jr. .... equipment coordinator
M.J. Magbanua .... assistant production coordinator (as M.J. Tirol Magbanua)
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production coordinator: Phillipines
Matthew D. Smith .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Michael Thomsen .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Julian Del Valle .... balloon lights (uncredited)
Caleb Arata .... special thanks
Don Zimmerman .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, drug related material and some violent content
100 min
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55 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Can you trust your best friend and how far will you go for them, 15 October 1999
Author: RichardJ from Wellington, New Zealand

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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