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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 Jonathan Kaplan and teens in difficult circumstances in Jonathan Kaplan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 13, 1999


Claire Danes
as Alice Marano
Kate Beckinsale
as Darlene Davis
Bill Pullman
as Hank Greene
Jacqueline Kim
as Yon Greene
Lou Diamond Phillips
as Roy Knox
Daniel Lapaine
as Nick Parks
Tom Amandes
as Doug Davis
Aimee Graham
as Beth Ann Gardener
John Doe
as Bill Marano
Lim Kay Tong
as Chief Detective Jagkrit
Amanda de Cadenet
as English Prisoner
Paul Walker
as (uncredited) Jason
Amanda de Cadenet
as English Prisoner


Jonathan Kaplan
Adam Fields
Adam Fields
Screen Story
David Arata
David Arata
Screen Story
Newton Thomas Sigel
David Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Jeff Carson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Curtiss Clayton
James Newport
Production Designer
Neil Lamont
Art Director
Roy Lachica
Art Director
A. Kitman Ho
Executive Producer
Peter Francis
Set Designer
Peter Walpole
Set Designer
April Ferry
Costume Designer
John Midgley
Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Selzer
Bruce Meade
Second Unit Director Of Photography