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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)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Travolta formed a close friendship with John Woo while filming. See more »


During the flight, Hale states to Deakins that their airspeed is 800 mph. If the jet were traveling at 800 MPH, there would have been a sonic boom in the park. See more »


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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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Composed by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Masterpiece of Action Movie
25 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

After "Terminator 2" this is one of the best directed action thrillers I have seen and it finds for ever a place in my best of DVD collection. There are two masters for action movies for me: John Woo and James Cameron. The stunts were great and all very real executed. I mean there doesn't exist any cartoonish scenes as we see today in the cinema at times. John Travolta did perhaps after "Face Off" one of the best jobs in his career. If you liked it I highly recommend the other broken arrow film called "The Sum of All Fears". "Broken Arrow" is incredibly underrated and should be classified as T2. For all action fans a must see, you won´t be disappointed.

My wife and I vote 9.5/10.

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