By Jennifer Vanoni, Walt Disney Archives
Brokedown Palace, starring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, is on the cusp of turning 21 years old. Originally released on August 13, 1999, the 20th Century Fox / Fox 2000 Pictures drama is celebrating this milestone with a streaming debut on Hulu.
Inspired by his own travels and the stories he’d heard of American women incarcerated in Thailand, producer Adam Fields went to work drafting the 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?”
In an excerpt from the film’s original press kit, Fields says, “Brokedown Palace is a journey of self-discovery that transcends guilt or innocence. It’s a story in which heroism and redemption, and ultimately a great act of valor, emerge from the unlikeliest of sources.”
The film debuted during the early years of the 20th Century Fox Archives, and in celebration of this early preservation effort, I invite you to check out the pictures below and enjoy some of the rarely seen items from both our prop and art collection.
Brokedown Palace is now streaming on Hulu.