Film / Brokedown Palace

A 1999 drama directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, and Bill Pullman.

Recent American high school graduates Alice (Danes) and Darlene (Beckinsale) take a trip to Thailand and end up in a women's prison when they are caught with a lot of heroin at Don Mueang International Airport while trying to board a plane for a side trip. Now they must rely on Hank (Pullman), an American lawyer living in Thailand, to convince the courts to free them.

Compare the similarly-themed Midnight Express.

This movie has examples of the following tropes :

  • Hellhole Prison: The titular "Brokedown Palace" definitely qualifies.
  • In Medias Res: The opening scene has the lawyer listening to a tape from the girls.