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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Travolta & Christian Slater|
|Performer:||Delroy Lindo, Frank Whaley, Howie Long, Samantha Mathis & Bob Gunton|
|Directed by||John Woo|
|Edited by||John Wright & Joe Hutshing|
|Screenwriting by||Graham Yost|
|Screenplay by||William Wisher|
|Composition by||Hans Zimmer|
|Produced by||Bill Badalato, Mark Gordon & Terence Chang|
|Director of Photography:||Peter Levy|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You show your opponent one thing, and you give them something else."
- Vic Deakins (JOHN TRAVOLTA) to Riley Hale (CHRISTIAN SLATER) in a boxing ring, before punching Riley to the floor with a surprise jab
"Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons'"
- Vic Deakins (JOHN TRAVOLTA), to one of his henchmen
"You're out of your mind!" -- Riley Hale (CHRISTIAN SLATER), to Vic Deakins (JOHN TRAVOLTA)
"Yeah. Ain't it cool'"
"Yeah. Ain't it cool'"
- Vic Deakins, in reply
Rating: 3/4 -- A perfectly entertaining, exciting, and competently made action thriller, [but] it can't help but be somewhat of a letdown. Full Review
A virtually nonstop actioner that's heavy on imaginative destruction...
...[BROKEN ARROW] delivers the hippest action fun around....Director John Woo is in dazzling form...
...BROKEN ARROW packs an impressive wallop....[With] killer special effects...
New York Times
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Everything in the Wooeuvre is here and John Travolta acts like a high-school junior getting to play bad for the first time. That's not a knock. For better or worse, "Broken Arrow" embodies everything we expected of American action movies in 1996. Full Review
The Film Yap
...[Woo] is one of the most fluidly cinematic filmmakers working today, gifted with a thorough grasp of the mechanics of action...
Los Angeles Times
...A knockout beginning, gorgeous to the eye and a rush to the senses: very John Woo...
Sight and Sound
"Broken arrow" is a military term for a nuclear warhead that has been stolen -- and villainous Air Force pilot Vic Deakins (John Travolta) has done just that. In fact, he's pilfered TWO bombs, in an effort to extract a huge amount of cash from the government in exchange for their safe return. However, there's a fly in the ambitious thief's ointment: Riley Hale (Christian Slater), Vic's former co-pilot, whom Vic thought he had killed when he robbed the bombs. Helping Riley is gutsy female Park Ranger Terry Carmichael (Samantha Mathis). Together the duo uses all the artillery, ammo, vehicles, and gumption they can muster, as they risk life and limb to thwart Vic and his vile gang. Hong Kong action specialist John Woo propels the film through trains, Humvees, exploding helicopters and more.
Action | Rivalry | Nuclear Destruction | On-The-Run | Classic Fight Scenes | Recommended | Blockbuster | Theatrical Release
- Released theatrically in the USA February 9, 1996. The film grossed a nuclear $69.3 million domestically.
- Produced in association with WCG Entertainment.
- "Broken Arrow" marked the film acting debut of TV commentator and former NFL football player, Howie Long.
- The movie's budget was approximately $60 million.
- Color by DeLuxe; in Panavision widescreen.
- Additional credit: Brian Smrz (train stunt coordinator).
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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