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Brokedown Palace
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Prepared by:
Ford A. Thaxton

Co-Orchestrated by:
Alexander Janko
Andrew Von Oeyen
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Super Tracks Music Group (Promo)
(September, 1999)
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Buy it... if you seek one of David Newman's most accomplished ventures into dramatic genres, with uniquely intriguing instrumental combinations that cross cultures with surprising ease.

Avoid it... if hearing David Newman write essentially a quintessential Thomas Newman score runs counter to the flightiness that you expect and love from David's work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #924
WRITTEN 10/1/99, REVISED 10/11/07
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Brokedown Palace: (David Newman) Director Jonathan Kaplan takes audiences on what was a familiar ride in the late 1990's: Westerners are mistaken as criminals and thrown into a grungy East Asian prison with no hope of release. In Brokedown Palace, Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale are two young women on vacation in Thailand when they are unsuspectingly planted with heroin and are caught by police who seem all too enthusiastic about placing them in a 33-year prison sentence. The dynamic between the two stars, including their attempts at coming to terms with their bleak future, leads the film down a troubled and bittersweet path. Kaplan, who had worked several times with composer Jerry Goldsmith in the 1990's, chose David Newman for the task of providing Brokedown Palace with a highly textured score. It has been commented many times through the years that the result that Newman provides for the film would make anyone wonder if Kaplan had mistakenly thought he had hired David's younger brother, Thomas, for Brokedown Palace's music is far more consistent with Thomas' style than David's. With films like Return to Paradise, Red Corner, and Beyond Rangoon following similar ideas, it's not surprisingly to hear the Brokedown Palace score explore many of the same ideas. David Newman has, for most of his career, been stuck in the realm of ridiculous comedies and action flicks, though this score was part of a concerted effort in the late 90's to branch out from that reputation. As such, Newman's approach to Brokedown Palace is far more complicated. He delicately weaves several motifs in and out of his music for the film, attempting to capture all of the native elements while also playing to the frivolous activities and eventually frightened personalities of the young women. It is a score that requires several listens before every aspect of it can be appreciated. Upon the first casual listen, it might seem to consist of only a small ensemble of basic orchestral and electronic elements in an awkward mix of industrial and organic tones. Newman employs, however, a large array of percussive, electronic, and solo instruments with a medium-sized orchestral group of players and together the score sustains interest by constantly utilizing parts of these elements in succession.



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Correct track listing?
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freaking hectic man
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:54
• 1. The Arrest (4:05)
• 2. Your Friend is Pardoned (2:52)
• 3. "I Didn't Do It" (1:21)
• 4. Alice is Beaten (0:50)
• 5. The Escape (4:04)
• 6. Alice's Story (1:03)
• 7. The Girls go to Prison (2:18)
• 8. Darlene's Ear (1:56)
• 9. The Bracelet (1:21)
• 10. Beth Ann's Fantasy Man (0:57)
• 11. Friends in High Places (0:56)
• 12. Pool Boy (1:09)
• 13. In Their Cell (1:12)
• 14. Hank Meets the Girls (0:53)
• 15. Alice Meets Nick (0:47)
• 16. Hong Kong (0:27)
• 17. Arrival in Thailand (1:03)
• 18. Night in Prison (1:00)
• 19. "Thirty-Three Years" (0:44)
• 20. Alice's Conversation (1:50)
• 21. Pool Boy Testifies (2:06)
• 22. Alice & Darlene Argue (1:48)
• 23. Making Plans to Escape (1:28)
• 24. Blackmailing Jagrite (1:10)
• 25. "You Didn't Do It" (1:22)
• 26. "No Pardon" (1:10)

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The insert includes a synopsis of the film's plot, but no extra information about the score.
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