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Brokedown Palace

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In this riveting thriller, Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale star as two best friends whose dream vacation becomes a nightmare. Alice (Danes) is impulsive and reckless; Darlene (Beckinsale) is more reserved. But when each falls for the same mysterious man, both girls throw caution to the wind, and in one instant, their lives are changed forever. Now in a foreign land, they must prove their innocence before it's too late. Bill Pullman co-stars in this "compelling" (People Magazine) tale of self-discovery and the ultimate sacrifice for a friend!

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  • Actors: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim, Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Directors: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Writers: Adam Fields, David Arata
  • Producers: A. Kitman Ho, Adam Fields, Lope V. Juban Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305714886
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brokedown Palace" on IMDb

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a film, it seems, that people either love or hate. There is truth, perhaps, to both the criticism and the compliments that have been bandied about by this film. One thing that is clear to me is that looking more deeply into the film's subtext would probably change a lot of minds.

True, some of the auxiliary characters are cliche' and underdeveloped. But in fairness, that's why they are "auxiliary."

True, not all of the sets and camera work were Academy Award character. But once again, in fairness, the imagery of the film and the beautiful use of light and color makes some of those faults less apparent.

True, it is a horrible story about what "happened" to them. Yet once again echoing other reviewers, this story is not really about the horror of the prison experience in and of itself.

What holds this movie together is the acting of Danes and the complexity of her character. What did happen between her and Nick Barnes? We never really know. What we see is a conflicted person who wants desperately to be believed while everyone, including her own father, sees her as the "trouble-maker" and assumes her guilt.

The relationship she develops with Bill Pullman's character brings out this complexity. He is the only one to shower the kindness of presumed innocence on her, and perhaps that is what prompts her to take the fall for her friend.

The question is, do you really think she was taking the fall or did she know more than she says? Or was it Darlene playing the innocent victim? We are left to wonder and to replay the scenes of them on their way to the airport attempting to figure out who, if anybody, really was innocent in all of this.

Those who like interesting character studies will enjoy this performance. A great soundtrack and a pretty good movie make this sufficient eye-candy for the rest of us. I recommend it!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on July 3, 2005
Format: DVD
Dismissed by some as lightweight because they felt the Thailand prison scenes were not brutal enough, this is actually a terrific film about the complex friendship of two girls and a sacrifice made by one to save the other. Claire Danes gives a great performance as the girl most likely to get into trouble and Kate Beckinsale shines as the good girl who sees more in her friend than her parents do, especially her father.

After graduating high school they cook up a scheme to visit exotic Thailand on the cheap and do something special, telling Beckinsale's parents they are off to Hawaii. They meet Aussie Daniel Lapaine and he charms both girls into going to Hong Kong with them to continue their adventure. Jealousy plays a part as it is unclear at first which one he likes the best. But all is not as it seems and he disappears just as heroin is found by customs in their backpack.

What follows as they are imprisoned in Thailand with seemingly no way out as each begins to question their friendship and wonder if maybe, just maybe, the other one knew about the heroin, is compelling. Beckinsale's father comes to Thailand and, of course, blames Danes for getting his daughter into this mess. Danes does a good job at conveying the hurt she is trying not to show for the faith no one has ever shown in her, except for her friend Beckinsale.

Bill Pullman gives a solid performance as a slightly opportunistic and sleazy lawyer in Thailand who may be able to help them get out for a price. Adding to the atmosphere is a soundtrack just as exotic as the locale. Everything from Delerium's "Silence" and a remake of "Rock the Casbah" to the beautiful voice of Sarah Brightman on "Deliverance" set a unique mood for a good film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Francois on May 20, 2008
Format: DVD
...I've seen this movie many, many times now and I enjoy watching the movie every single time, even knowing how the movie will end. The reason why, in my opinion, is because of the great performance of Claire Danes. She plays the role so convincingly well that at the end of the movie you actually buy into the choice her character makes, and that makes it believable, understandable and plausible. In the absence of such a performance, I don't think the ending would have worked so well. I've seen other movies she's done, and I don't think she's ever been better. If she doesn't do another movie or reprise another role, she should be proud of the work she does here. The movie would not have worked without her. Period.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brett Corkins VINE VOICE on August 29, 2005
Format: DVD
I bought this just the other day based on all the high recommendations that were being given to it, and not to mention all the reviews that cited how good the acting was. Ever since I saw Igby Goes Down I've been a pretty big fan of Claire Danes (minus the horrific T3), and I also really like Kate Beckinsale so I figured I'd try it. As the credits started to roll at the end of the film I found myself shocked at how amazing this movie was. Not only was the acting magnificent, the plot was also top notch. Who isn't afraid that someone stashed something in their bag without them knowing it when they go to the airport? Who isn't afraid of foreign prisons? Who isn't afraid of prison in general? This is where this movie shines, putting those fears on film.

We start off at Alice and Darlene's high school graduation. They decide to go to Hawaii for vacation but then hear how amazing it is in Thailand, so, at the last minute, change their minds. Everything seems fine until Alice and Darlene meet a mysterious man. He offers to fly the two out to Hong Kong so they can hang out for a while longer, and after some coaxing a reluctant Alice decides to go. But while in line at the airport they are detained for trying to smuggle drugs onto a plane. This is where the movie is put into a league of it's own. In some movies you can tell it's just acting, but in this you really feel that these two are really going through this horrid ordeal.

With supurb acting from everyone involved, and a cast of familiar faces, you can't go wrong. Even Lou Diamond Phillips, in his short time on film, does a great job. But the real kudos go to Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale. Everything they do seems so genuine, like you could see a piece of yourself or someone you know in these characters. Now I don't want to sound like a broken record but this movie is a true testament to friendship, through thick or thin.
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