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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.

Director:

John Woo

Writer:

Graham Yost
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong action violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,583,510, 11 February 1996

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

Goofs

The helicopter shoots at the truck from the side, yet bullet holes can be seen later that enter the front and leave the back. See more »

Quotes

Terry Carmichael: Just put it down, and I won't have to kill you.
Riley Hale: This isn't a standoff. I've got the gun.
Terry Carmichael: I never keep it loaded.
[Hale is momentarily distacted; Terry acquires the gun and points it at him]
Riley Hale: Thought you said it wasn't loaded?
Terry Carmichael: [fires a shot into the air] I LIED!
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Classic John Woo!
18 November 2002 | by el_nicksterSee all my reviews

If you want an action film in which the hero has a personality, and the bad guy has an even better personality, take a look at Broken Arrow. John Woo's choreographed action is not as dramatic as the Matrix-clone films that are so common today. He is great at creating interesting relationships between heroes and villains, and this film is a good example.

John Travolta is terrific. Christian Slater breaks typecast by playing a nice, sane soldier doing his duty. The love interest isn't an idiotic supermodel playing a nuclear scientist or something, but a park ranger, also doing her duty. She is cute, earthy, and actually believable.

If you want a film that will repeat every aspect of every other military adventure film you have ever seen, you will be disappointed. If dialog bores you, skip this film. If you like action movies filmed entirely in parking garages and spooky allies, then you will not appreciate the settings in this film in America's majestic West.


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