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Broken Arrow (1996) Poster

(1996)

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John Travolta was given the choice of playing either Deakins or Hale in the film. He chose the villain Deakins.
As preparation for his role in this movie, Christian Slater gave up smoking.
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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.
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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).
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Director John Woo originally wanted Hale to die during the film.
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Oliver Wood was considered to be the film's director of photography, but he was unable to take the job, due to the broken ankle he sustained while shooting Cutthroat Island (1995). He was replaced by Peter Levy (who had also replaced him on Cutthroat Island). Director John Woo later picked Wood to shoot his next film, Face/Off (1997).
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In an interview on Parkinson (1971), Halle Berry recalled that the producers turned her down for the role of Terry Carmichael and told her "there are no black park rangers".
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Christian Slater turned down a role in Assassins (1995) to work with director John Woo.
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To promote the film, the publicity unit sent sunglasses resembling the ones worn by John Travolta to media outlets. The sunglasses had the Broken Arrow logo printed on the lower left lens.
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The main characters in the film are wearing Breitling Aerospace watches with quartz movement and titanium casing.
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The deep reverberant guitar solo in the recurring musical cue was performed by Grammy Award winner Duane Eddy.
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Jennifer Aniston was considered for the role of park ranger Terry Carmichael.
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During the final few blows of the last fist fight, as Hale is punching and kicking, growls and roars of large cats (i.e. lions, tigers, etc.) can be heard.
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According to "Trains" Magazine, the train chase scene was actually filmed on the Shortline Montana Western, which of course is not in Utah or Colorado. There is no real rail company called "National Regional."
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The review of this movie on 'Siskel and Ebert' represents the only time in history where Ebert convinced Siskel to change his mind about his final judgment of a film. Siskel originally gave this movie thumbs-up, but after Ebert gave the movie thumbs-down and explained his reasoning, Siskel decided to change his judgment to thumbs-down. Siskel, on the other hand, had never successfully convinced Ebert to change his mind about a movie during an episode of their show, although Ebert had occasionally changed his own mind in print reviews.
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The pistol used by Vic Deakins is a Beretta 93R 3rd Generation model
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In the mine, the weapon that Deakins uses is a Ruger AC556K.
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Helen Hunt was offered the role of Terry Carmichael but turned it down in favor of Twister (1996).
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Just like director's John Woo's first US movie Hard Target (1993), Broken Arrow also suffered from similar problems with re-cuts forced by studio interference and ratings problems caused by MPAA. According to some sources, studio interference on this movie was even bigger than the one on Hard Target.
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Lauren Holly was considered for the role of Terry Carmichael.
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Director Trademark 

John Woo:  [unusual hand-to-hand weapons]  On the train, Terry kicks the helicopter's tail-rotor against Shepherd's arm to knock him off-balance.
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John Woo:  [reflection]  Riley sees the reflection of Deakins pulling a gun on him in the cockpit.
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John Woo:  [verbal confrontation between opponents from opposite sites of a wall]  Deakins (John Travolta) and Hale (Christian Slater) talk to each other through a caved-in part of the mine.
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John Woo:  [guns]  Riley uses two guns in the mine.
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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.
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