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

"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)

Gross USA:

$70,770,147

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,270,147
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2.35 : 1
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Samantha Mathis plays Terry Carmichael, the love interest of Christian Slater's character Riley Hale. She also played the love interest of Slater's character in the movie Pump Up the Volume (1990). They also voiced characters that were "romantically involved" in the movie FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992). See more »

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The shock wave is much too slow, moving at only a few miles per hour. See more »

Quotes

Riley Hale: There's no difference between you and a guy who shoots up a schoolyard. You've both got a-a head full of bad wiring.
Vic Deakins: What was that?
Riley Hale: You're fucked in the head, Deak.
Vic Deakins: [Fires wildly at him] Hah.
Riley Hale: I pissed him off.
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Referenced in Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005) See more »

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Bad In A Good Way!
8 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Usually I'm the first person to label this sort of movie. Look at it, you'd think it was bad. It's got the usual assortment of action movie clichés and conventions. The John Woo directed action scenes stretch over the top at times, there's the mentally unstable talkative nemesis and yes even one of those bombs that graces us with a digital readout. All prerequisites for movies of this type and saying all that I'd usually be complaining by now. Yet for one reason I can't. This movie entertained me. It finds a way to come together in a really enjoyably manner and I'm happy with what I got. I can't bad mouth it.

Nothing got in my way of everlasting enjoyment of seeing people die, bombs going off and the baritone guitar instrumental. It just all clicks from the get-go. If your reading this you don't need me to recycle the plot summary. It's of a trivial nature. Good action, decent cast and a fun atmosphere go a long way with Travolta ultimately holding it all together. He plays his role over-the-top and delivers some fantastic lines. It doesn't hurt that him and Slater tango well neither. If Travolta attempted this movie now instead of when he did - it wouldn't work. He's done too many goody-goody roles to come back down to this. Laws of nature will not allow him to make another good movie where he plays a bad guy. Chances are anyone else than Travolta in Broken Arrow and you'd be reading a completely different review right now too. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one.


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