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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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Prepare to Go Ballistic

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  »

Filming Locations:


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Woo:  [mexican stand-off]  Twice - Once between Carmichael (Samantha Mathis) and Hale (Christian Slater) when they first meet in the Utah desert and once with Deakins (John Travolta) and Kelly (Howie Long) on the train. See more »


When Hale and Carmichael enter the underground river they are supposedly 2,000 feet below the surface. But the river is shown to be lit by direct sunlight. See more »


Riley Hale: You're out of your mind.
Vic Deakins: Yeah. Ain't it cool?
Riley Hale: I'm serious, Deak, your mind has taken a walk off the map.
Vic Deakins: Maybe. But I'm still gonna kick your ass.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Composed by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Good mindless fun
3 September 2000 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

John Travolta stars in this mindless thriller in which he steals a nuclear weapon and its up to Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis to save the world.. Overall a good action flick with a leave your brain at home plot..Travolta goes slightly over the top with his character but is still good..Slater is ok and Mathis does what she can with what little the script gives her.. on a scale of one to ten... 6

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