About The Production
"BROKEDOWN PALACE is a journey of self-discovery that transcends guilt or innocence," says the film's producer, Adam Fields It's a story in which heroism and redemption — and ultimately a great act of valor — emerge from the unlikeliest of sources
"BROKEDOWN PALACE is a journey of self-discovery
that transcends guilt or innocence," says the film's producer,
Adam Fields It's a story in which heroism and redemption - and
ultimately a great act of valor - emerge from the unlikeliest
For years. Fields, a veteran producer and production executive,
traveled the world on the carefree youth hostel, low-budget, Eurorail
pass travel plan. During these travels, Fields noticed numerous
flyers posted in the local coffee houses and marketplaces, encouraging
American tourists to visit compatriots who had been imprisoned,
falsely or otherwise, on charges of drug smuggling or drug possession.
He always tried to make a point of visiting those young Americans.
Ten years ago, Fields traveled to Thailand. Although this time
ensconced in a plush Bangkok hotel, Fields returned to the bohemian
haunts of his youth, where he saw the same flyers and found their
desperation to be particularly unnerving. Fields then began to
seriously explore the plight of these young Americans imprisoned
abroad, living in the most squalid and primitive of conditions,
and he was overwhelmed by what he learned.
"During that last trip to Thailand I met with a group of
15 American girls who were serving long sentences in a Bangkok
jail on charges of smuggling heroin," Fields recalls. "After
examining their files at the American Embassy, I discovered they
were all clearly guilty - of being innocent. poor, naive or desperate.
But most of all, I saw that their stories had one common thread:
They all had fallen victim to men like our fictional Nick Parks."
In the years that followed, Fields developed a story based on
the premise, "What if the worst thing imaginable happened
to you, and you were possibly betrayed by your best friend? And
just how far would you go to save that friend?" That concept
was enthusiastically received at Fox 2000 Pictures, where it ultimately
evolved into BROKEDOWN PALACE. Working closely with the studio,
Fields assembled the creative team that would bring this gritty,
realistic story to the screen.
Jonathan Kaplan is a director whose finest work emerges from the
extraordinary performances he elicits from actresses in compelling,
socially relevant dramas. Jodie Foster received her first Academy
Award for Best Actress under Kaplan's direction in The Accused,
Michelle Pfeiffer was Oscar-nominated for her performance in Kaplan's
Love Field, and Bonnie Bedelia won a Golden Globe nomination
for Best Actress in Heart Like a Wheel.
Kaplan's talent for casting and ability to elicit strong performances
from his casts continues with BROKEDOWN PALACE, particularly with
Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale. For Danes, the film is an important
step in an already-impressive career. Danes first earned widespread
recognition for her acting in the much-praised television series
"My So-Called Life" and in films such as Little Women
and William Shakespeare's Romeo + .Juliet. In BROKEDOWN
PALACE Danes is cast against type, playing the rebellious Alice,
whose future lies in her suburban Ohio community while her best
friend Darlene attends college on a scholarship.
"Alice is really brave and restless and rambunctious and
doesn't have many fears, which makes her exciting," observes
Danes. "It's as though she's going
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