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Broken Arrow (1996)

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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:
Lt. Colonel Sam Rhodes
Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff
Lt. Thomas
Shepherd (as Jeffrey J. Stephen)


"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  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christian Slater turned down a role in Assassins (1995) to work with director John Woo. See more »


During the dialog after the early boxing match between Deak and Hale, the camera changes angles several times. Each time it changes, the $20 bill is folded differently. See more »


[Hale has a shotgun on Deakins, but Deakins is holding a remote for the bomb]
Riley Hale: You lose.
Vic Deakins: I've still got my finger on the trigger. That's the *remote* trigger. See if I push this button here
Vic Deakins: *You lose!* But if I push this button here,
Vic Deakins: the weapon is disarmed.
Riley Hale: [cocks the shotgun] So why don't you disarm it then?
Vic Deakins: I'm not in the mood.
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Referenced in Speed: Elevated Voltage (2018) See more »


Composed by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Under-Rated Action Flick
5 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Broken Arrow" is a good action film about a Stealth pilot (John Travolta) who steals nuclear weapons one night during a practice mission. His goal is to sell the weapons back to the United States government by blackmailing them. Old partner Christian Slater is willing to stop Travolta at all costs with the help of ranger Samantha Mathis. Howie Long makes an impressive film debut as Travolta's evil henchman. The screenplay is smart enough to work and the direction is fast and furious. A film that is about as good as it can be. 4 stars out of 5.

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