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Broken Arrow (1996)

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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Prepare to Go Ballistic

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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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Código flecha rota  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,650,343 (UK) (19 April 1996)

Gross:

$70,450,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The phrase "broken arrow" is not actually used to refer to the theft, loss or seizure of nuclear weapons or components from the U.S.;that's known as an "empty quiver". A "broken arrow" is defined by CJCSI 3150.03B, Joint Reporting Structure Event and Incident Reports, as a US nuclear weapon accident that does not create the risk of a nuclear war. See more »

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When Terry uncouples the train cars behind the flat car and the locomotive, this would pull the train's air brake line apart, causing the train to automatically "dump" all the air pressure, activating all the brakes as a safety feature, and both sections of the train would stop. (Because the Engineer is portrayed as a villain, he may have intentionally drained all the air to keep the train from stopping.) See more »

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[after the nuke is detonated in the mine]
Giles Prentice: Colonel Wilkins, sir? Uh, shouldn't we be evacuating?
Colonel Max Wilkins: [covers his phone] We're fine, it was underground.
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Colonel Max Wilkins: Colonel Wilkins to General Creeley...
Giles Prentice: Are you sure? I mean, how do you know that?
Colonel Max Wilkins: [covers the phone again] Because if it had been a surface detonation, we'd have felt a different kind of ground tremor. We'd also be burned, blind, and dying.
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Brothers
Composed by Hans Zimmer
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Dumb But What Did You Expect ?
4 May 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Like nearly every other in this genre BROKEN ARROW is dumb with a capital DUM . It suffers from a myriad of plot holes and factual errors that anyone who has surfed the net looking through sites dedicated to the military will be able to spot at once . One early example is when the pilots eject and control have no idea to their fate . It's a well known fact that pilot suits contain a homing beacon so pilots who eject on missions can be instantly traced

We as an audience are supposed to forgive this ignorance and this audience member found it very easy to . Yeah it's a Hollywood movie from the 1990s so we're treated to very unlikely plot twists in a movie where the good guy and an innocent woman just doing her job have to stop bad guys so get ready for firefights , explosions and the obligatory scene of a countdown

BROKEN ARROW might not be a classic action adventure movie ( It's a little too formuliac ) but it's better than most from the 1990s . Travolta purposely does an impression of Tom Cruise except he's a bad ass and Christian Slater may seem an unlikely action hero but he's far more convincing than Steven Seagal or even Keanu Reeves . John Woo directs in a workman like manner and though it's not his best movie Woo does treat us to some spectacular and grisly deaths


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