#6. The Philippines Banned Every Movie Starring Claire Danes
Brokedown Palace is a 1999 drama that most of you have never seen which tells the story of two women getting arrested and imprisoned in Thailand for drug smuggling. Because the film is critical of the Thai government, the movie’s producers decided to shoot the whole thing in the Philippines instead, correctly reasoning that nobody would be able to tell the difference. As they expected, Brokedown Palace was totally banned in Thailand when it was finally released in theaters. A bit more unexpected was the film’s stone-fisted expulsion from the Philippines, who banned the movie after star Claire Danes did her absolute best to talk as much shit about the Philippines as she possibly could while they were filming.
going to leave this brokedown palace, on my hand and knees, i will roll, roll, roll. make myself a bed in the waterside in my time, i will roll, roll roll. in a bed, in a bed, by the waterside i will lay my head. listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.
10:16 Sarah McLachlan singing one of her songs not used to remind you about dying animals, but in turn still reminding you about dying animals.
Bill Pullman wearing cargo pants.
Claire Danes made a mix tape for Bill Pullman.
10:19 Claire Danes is the bad girl.
Thailand means freedom.
10:22 Is there some weird lesbian subplot to this I don’t know about?
Nelly Furtado is on the mixtape.
They should have just went to Hawaii.
10:23 No one buys you two praying and apparently neither do they.
10:25 “This is really unappropriate”
10:26 Do you think Temple Grandin has seen this?
10:29 Oh SNAP GIRL you just stole Claire Danes man.
10:32 “You have no idea how much you ultimately sacrificed” Claire Danes just told him.
10:36 Here we go! Off to jail with you two.
10:38 Claire Danes knows her legal rights. Pretty smart for a teenager.
10:40 Kate Beckinsale signed the paper!! God Kate Why are you so stupid.
10:43 This movie would be so much better if they had choreographed dance numbers with all the inmates in the courtyard.
10:44 Claire Danes is, of course, not concerned about her hair. She’s had worse haircuts.
10:46 There’s Mean Girls in prison. “You’re a mean girl, Claire.”
10:47 Film title mentioned by the Jamaican girl.
10:49 Human Lawnmowers.
10:50 “We didn’t do it!”
10:53 “Oh you like? Good fish heads.” The Mean Girl strikes again.
10:54 33 years in the Brokedown Palace.
10:55 Look at Lou Diamond Phillips acting. What a sad fall to becoming a reality TV star.
10:57 “So you’re like a lawyer?”
11:05 CHIN ACTING!
11:07 Bill Pullman is speaking such beautiful Thai. I would have thought he was fluent.
11:11 Make a wish! Kate Beckinsale writing a letter to the President.
11:12 Sarah McLachlan is making a return while Claire Danes gets high.
11:15 Quick trip to Hong Kong.
11:20 Kate is mad at Claire for sleeping with the con artist guy.
11:23 Paul Walker appearance! Aging has done so much good for him.
11:26 Cockroach in Kate Beckinsale’s ear.
11:30 I wonder how long they’ve been in here at this point because Claire Dane’s dye job is holding up remarkably well.
11:31 Prison escape time.
11:33 They were so close. I really thought they were going to make it this time.
Now they’re in the hole.
11:36 Bill Pullman likes anagrams.
Nic Parks/Skip Carn
11:37 “Please stop calling us mules.”
11:39 Bill Pullman is threatening a politician with Larry King and Barbara Walters. I think that’s what I am going to do when I need something from now on. If you don’t let me do [this] I will call Barbara Walters.
11:40 We didn’t do it.
11:43 Royal Pardon time!
11:44 Claire Danes took the fall. We didn’t do it is right! It was just ‘I".
11:46 Back to jail for Claire.
11:48 Claire just got all grandmotherly on Kate. She even used a nana voice.
88-06-23 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy. WI
Audio post number 100 for my Daily Dose of the Dead live music blog!!!! Thanks to all the folks who check it out and who send me a shout out with their likes and reblogs. So I wanted to pick something rare for this and found this encore of Blackbird > Brokedown Palace from the Alpine Valley Music Theater show on June 23, 1988. I’ll be upfront and say this is not the dead’s best effort but it is fun to hear. They only played Blackbird twice… at this show and a few weeks later at the Greek.
This is heavily flawed from a vocal and lryical perspective but it reminds us that this is REAL live music and not some performer lip-syncing or singing along with a backing track. The dead took more risks than any other live performing band I know. To add to the issues with this encore Dan Healy, the sound engineer, creates an unusual mix… the kind that got him shit-canned soon after. You can hear Phil and others laughing at the fuck-ups but Bobby plods on relentlessly. I actually saw Weir play a beautiful version of this acoustic at Slims in SF.
But with all that said this is still a great listening experience.
Brokedown is one of the all time great songs from the dead and was released on the all time greatest album… American Beauty. A sweet, flowing song that expresses the best of Robert Hunter who is said to have penned this song along with Ripple and To Lay Me Down in a single afternoon.
Enjoy this special edition 100th post of the daily dose of the dead!