Brokedown Palace (1999, USA) C-100m. SCOPE ** D: Jonathan Kaplan. Starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim, Lou Diamond Phillips, Paul Walker. Prison drama about two teenage tourists in Thailand, who are caught smuggling marihuana (unknowingly) and brought to a state penitentiary. Their families' desperate attempts to get the out are fruitless until Pullman tackles the case. Not bad, with cute leads, but overly reminiscent of MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (1978) and RETURN TO PARADISE (1998).


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