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Broken Arrow (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  9 February 1996 (USA)
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Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howie Long ...
Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff
Shepherd (as Jeffrey J. Stephen)
Joey Box ...


"Broken Arrow" is the term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. In this movie, two nuclear missiles are stolen by rogue US pilot Deakins, but hot on his trail is his co-pilot Hale and a Park Ranger, Terry. The action takes place in Utah's canyon country; a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Written by Rob Hartill

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong action violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Código flecha rota  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,650,343 (UK) (19 April 1996)


£4,000,503 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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Jennifer Aniston was considered for the role of park ranger Terry Carmichael. See more »


On the train, Deakins starts the bomb counting down from 30:00, but when he clears it again there are more than 30 minutes left; the time appears to be 35:43. See more »


Terry: Clyde, I'm standing here looking at half the valley and there's nothing going...
[the B-3 flies over her extremely low]
Terry: Holy shit.
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Referenced in Independence Day (1996) See more »


Composed by Hans Zimmer
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John Woo hones his craft here in America
2 July 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

John Woo, after his many Hong Kong efforts, came to America and made Hard Target (1993), which due to studio interference and bad taking of direction by Jean Claude Van Damme, wasn't as good as it could have been. Woo got a bad reputation due to his conflicts with both the MPAA and Universal, and it took him awhile to get this one off of the ground. Woo had never worked with special effects, so he was treading into new territory. Luckily, he got two great leads, Christian Slater (soon to be in Windtalkers), and John Travolta (Face/Off). They take his direction well, and each gives a good performance. As the traditional villain's henchman, which I like to call Indestructable Villain Sidekick, Howie Long gives a good performance, and dies a good death too. I never appreciated this movie that much until watching it tonight, and I realized, this is probably the most action-packed movie in a long time. It takes only about 6 minutes to get going, and then, boom! boom! boom! Action sequence after the other, no let-down in between. This movie has plently of shootouts, explosions, and great innovative twists (kicking the rear blade of a helicopter to knock a gun out of one's hand) to make a action movie good. John Woo's cinematography, the great shared moments (the 20 dollar bill and whatnot) are what makes this one a great action movie. Another thing that makes this flick great is that it gave Woo the power to get Face/Off, his best Hollywood outing, the greenlight. I'm looking forward to Windtalkers and love all of Woo's movies.

9 outta 10.

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