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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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John Woo

Writer:

Graham Yost
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Vic Deakins
Christian Slater ... Riley Hale
Samantha Mathis ... Terry Carmichael
Delroy Lindo ... Colonel Max Wilkins
Bob Gunton ... Pritchett
Frank Whaley ... Giles Prentice
Howie Long ... Kelly
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Lt. Colonel Sam Rhodes
Jack Thompson ... Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff
Vyto Ruginis ... Johnson
Ousaun Elam ... Lt. Thomas
Shaun Toub ... Max
Casey Biggs ... Novacek
Jeffrey Stephan ... Shepherd (as Jeffrey J. Stephen)
Joey Box ... Frakes
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Código flecha rota See more »

Filming Locations:

Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$70,770,147

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,270,147
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Woo cast Samantha Mathis as Carmichael because she was "not a scared girl needing protection." See more »

Goofs

The white antenna on the train gets shot multiple times but the visible damage progresses and recedes constantly. For instance, in some shots the left corner gets shot off and in the next shot, it's intact with some other parts of the antenna riddled with bullet holes. See more »

Quotes

Kelly: [Deakins has just activated the nuke] Shut that sonuvabitch down, now! This ain't what I signed on for. I'm not ready to die, not for you.
Vic Deakins: Everybody dies, Kelly. I'm as good a reason as any.
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Referenced in Speed: Elevated Voltage (2018) See more »

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Brothers
Composed by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Bad In A Good Way!
8 March 2001 | by refinedsugarSee 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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