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

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9 February 1996 (USA)  »

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A Última Ameaça  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,650,343 (UK) (19 April 1996)

Gross:

£4,000,503 (UK) (17 May 1996)
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John Woo:  [unusual hand-to-hand weapons]  On the train, Terry kicks the helicopter's tail-rotor against Shepherd's arm to knock him off-balance. See more »

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There are railroads into both Salt Lake City and Denver from various directions, but the map that Hale and Wilkins examine shows only the one that Deakins is planning to use. See more »

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Secretary Baird: Guys in lawn chairs. I dunno, Giles. Sometimes you scare me.
Giles Prentice: Hell, sir. Sometimes I scare myself.
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Classic John Woo!
18 November 2002 | by (Washington, DC USA) – See all my reviews



If you want an action film in which the hero has a personality, and the bad guy has an even better personality, take a look at Broken Arrow. John Woo's choreographed action is not as dramatic as the Matrix-clone films that are so common today. He is great at creating interesting relationships between heroes and villains, and this film is a good example.

John Travolta is terrific. Christian Slater breaks typecast by playing a nice, sane soldier doing his duty. The love interest isn't an idiotic supermodel playing a nuclear scientist or something, but a park ranger, also doing her duty. She is cute, earthy, and actually believable.

If you want a film that will repeat every aspect of every other military adventure film you have ever seen, you will be disappointed. If dialog bores you, skip this film. If you like action movies filmed entirely in parking garages and spooky allies, then you will not appreciate the settings in this film in America's majestic West.


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