Having been duped by Nick, the girls are sentenced to 33 years in a Thai prison. Doch als Darlene schwer erkrankt und ein Gnadengesuch an korrupten Ermittlungsbehörden scheitert, opfert sich Alice, um ihre Freundin zu retten. Bill Pullman also stars in the picture as an American lawyer named Hank Greene, who feels for the girls' plight and fights to prove their innocence. Packend und einfühlsam setzt sich Regisseur Jonathan Kaplan mit einem tragischen Frauenschicksal auseinander. They try for a swim at a luxury hotel, but then there's some trouble when it's time to pay for their drinks. The girls are Alice and Darlene.
The deal is accepted and Darlene is released, where she promises to continue working with Henry to try and free Alice. There are no sneaky plot tricks or grandstand plays, and the reasoning of a Thai judge, during an appeal hearing, is devastating in its logic. There they meet Nick, a charming Aussie who sells them on the idea of traveling to Hong Kong with him. He's greedy but honest, and doubtful about a lot of things, including the story the girls tell about the friendly Australian. There is, however, an interesting development at the end, which I will not even hint at, which requires the audience to decide whether something can be believed, and what exactly are the motives behind it. Admittedly, I'm aware of several films with similar stories Midnight Express, Return to Paradise, and Red Corner , and I must also admit I've only see one of those three aforementioned films, which might be why much of it felt fresh and engrossing to me. Discovering a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or view the Jonathan Kaplan-directed movie via subscription can be a huge pain, so we here at Moviefone want to do right by you.
Now they have a lot of time to think about that. One poignant scene shows the girls shouting across an open space to visitors--friends and relatives from home, whose lives continue while theirs are on hold. A lot of foreign countries sentence drug traffickers to life, or death, and trusting Americans are sitting ducks for smooth-talking smugglers who take advantage of them. Darlene is particularly smitten with Nick and convinces Alice to take Nick up on his offer to treat the two of them to what amounts to a day trip to Hong Kong. Your future has been locked in a foreign prison. However, Alice talks Darlene into going to Thailand instead, after comparing the prices of both destinations. In fact, the ambiguity only makes it all the more compelling.
But there's a sleazy lawyer, Hank Green, who may be able to do something, for a price. There they meet Nick, a charming Aussie who sells them on the idea of traveling to Hong Kong with him. The prison scenes were shot at the Manila City Jail. The heart of the film is in the performances of Danes and Beckinsale after they're sent to prison. Alice Danes is impulsive and reckless; Darlene Beckinsale is more reserved.
Their crimes are apparently harmless: being silly and naive. But things go awry at the airport when the girls are caught smuggling illegal substances in their luggage. Synopsis Alice and Darlene, best friends, decide to take a trip to Thailand to celebrate high-school graduation. Having been duped by Nick, the girls are sentenced to 33 years in a Thai prison. They get caught trying to charge the bill to the wrong room, but they are saved from trouble by a friendly Australian, Nick , who takes care of the bill and makes smooth romantic moves, first toward Alice, then toward Darlene. Yes, the plot has its share of head-scratching moments what purpose does that Thai girl who despises Darlene and Alice really serve? Want to know what the movie's about? The girls rush to catch their flight out. At their trial, they beg for mercy and are given a lenient 33-year sentence instead of the usual life sentence in prison.
He tells the pair that Hong Kong is great, and he's willing to exchange his first class plane ticket for three economy. Pullman, weighing the pros and cons, dealing with a cynical and unhelpful U. The girls have heroin in their backpack. In the airport, the girls are seized by the police and shocked to discover that one of their bags contains heroin. Beckinsale's Darlene is the more reserved and quieter of the two, the kind of person who sort of follows her friend without question, and certainly not the type to take unwarranted risks unless her friend persuades her to. Terminal 1 stood in for Don Mueang International Airport and during the airport arrest scene, a is seen. While there, they are befriended by charming Australian rogue Nick Parks.
Desperate, and realizing that Darlene will not survive their time in prison, Alice begs the to allow her to serve both of their sentences in exchange for letting Darlene go. Now in a foreign land, they must prove their innocence before it's too late. But the real focus is on Beckinsale and Danes, whose wonderful performances are the anchor to the film's drama and moral quandaries. Nick's a good guy, although he can't decide which girl he's after. However, the prosecutor double crosses them on the deal after the girls confess.
While boarding their flight at , the girls are seized by the police and shocked to discover that one of their bags contains heroin, which unknown to them, is planted by Nick himself. Best friends Alice and Darlene take a trip to Thailand after graduating high school. Unknown to them, Nick Parks is a drug smuggler. Aus dem geplanten Traumurlaub wird für die Teenager Alice und Darlene ein Albtraum. Darlene is particularly smitten with Nick and convinces Alice to take Nick up on his offer to treat the two of them to what amounts to a day trip to Hong Kong. In einem abgekarteten Prozess werden sie zu 33 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt. Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , ».
As the girls try to deal with the violence and squalor of prison, Hank begins work on their case. He tracks down another girl who had been used as an unwitting drug mule by Nick Parks, but is warned that the smuggler has friends in high places. The film slinks to melodrama in its climactic moments, but still rings true thanks to the tour-de-force turns from Beckinsale and Danes. Nick convinces them to take a weekend side trip to Hong Kong, but at the airport, they are busted for smuggling drugs. In Thailand, they meet a captivating Australian man, who calls himself Nick Parks. It's an open-ended question as to whether or not either of the girls committed the crime of smuggling narcotics, and such ambiguity might upset some, but I liked not knowing for certain, and it's not as if it makes the final scenes any less believable. They're high school buddies who plan a graduation trip to Hawaii, and then secretly change their destination to the more exotic Thailand without telling their parents.