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 :
- Ambiguous Ending
- Hellhole Prison: The titular "Brokedown Palace" definitely qualifies.
- In Medias Res: The opening scene has the lawyer listening to a tape from the girls.
- Jailbird of Panama
- Spoiler Title: The suite of David Newman's score on the soundtrack album is called "The Arrest/ Darlene Goes Home."
- Titled After the Song: From The Grateful Dead's American Beauty. (It's not heard in the film, however).
- Toxic Friend Influence: Alice Marano is this to Darlene Davis. Some fans also believe that Alice was the one responsible for the drugs, and that she was a drug smuggler all along.