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Broken Arrow (1996)

John Travolta , Christian Slater , John Woo  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Bob Gunton
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: Graham Yost
  • Producers: Allison Lyon Segan, Bill Badalato, Brad Lewis, Christopher Godsick, Dwight H. Little
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305280754
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Broken Arrow" on IMDb

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When a B-3 Stealth Bomber crashes in the Utah desert during a top-secret test run, the military quickly moves in to retrieve its two "broken arrows." But the situation spins wildly out of control after one of the pilots reveals the crash to be part of an incredible nuclear extortion plot.

John Travolta is Vic Deakins, a bomber pilot who launches a devilish plan to hijack two nuclear missiles for big-time extortion. Vic never sweats, spews out great one-liners, knocks off money men with glee, toys with killing half a million people... he even smokes!

If you giggled at his "Ain't it cool" line from the trailer, you're in the right frame of mind for this comedic action film. Never as gritty or semi-realistic--or for that matter as heart-thumping--as the original Die Hard, Broken Arrow still delivers. If Travolta is cast against type, everyone else is by the numbers; Christian Slater as Hale, the earnest copilot looking to foil the plot, Samantha Mathis as the brave park ranger caught in the middle, Frank Whaley as an eager diplomat, Delroy Lindo as a right-minded colonel. As with his previous script (the superior Speed), writer Graham Yost moves everything quickly along as Hale and the ranger try to cut off Deakins's plan over a variety of terrains. We have plane crashes, car chases, a pursuit through an abandoned mine, a helicopter-train shootout, and lots of fighting between boys. Each time Hale finds himself perfectly in place to foil Deakins. You're suppose to laugh at the unbelievable situations. That's where Arrow is deceptive: its tone is right for the laughter compared to the mean-spirited Schwarzenegger and Stallone action films with labored jokes. Hong Kong master director John Woo (The Killer, Hard Target) pulls out all the stops--slow motion of Hale and Deakins's gymnastic gun play, nifty stunts, countdowns to doomsday. Woo may know action, but he needs more guidance in creating unique and stunning special effects. This is action entertainment at its cheesiest. Travolta and Woo later reteamed for Face/Off. --Doug Thomas

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travolta's Ultra-Cool Villainy February 13, 2009
A vast improvement over "Hard Target" (1993), director John Woo finds his Hollywood niche in this fast-paced thriller. Though it doesn't match the kinetic flair of Woo's Hong Kong epics, "Broken Arrow" (1996) delivers plenty of serial-style action while utilizing the Southern Utah landscape to striking effect. The film's raison d'être lies in the charismatic villainy of John Travolta - who has a wonderful time playing a traitorous military pilot and nuclear blackmailer. Christian Slater's efficient heroics are a good match for Travolta's diabolical cool. "Broken Arrow" is cheerfully preposterous and endlessly entertaining. Classic dialogue: "Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Arrow on Blu Ray August 4, 2012
A great action film with excellent performances. I have the Standard DVD and just bought and watched the Blu Ray version. While I did not put one on and then the other for a relative side by side comparison, the video transfer is pretty good, not great. In some scenes there appears to be a smoothness to faces which is demonstrative of over compression. However, this really occurs only intermittently. Overall, a pretty decent transfer with little if any noticeable grain, no artifacting or aliasing.

The audio transfer is DTSHD 5.1 and is very well done with full use of your surround system, including sub. The score sometimes overshadows the foley fx and directionality of the discreet audio channels, but, overall, a very fine transfer.

I bought the BluRay on sale at Walmart for $7 so it was more than worth it. Other than BD LIve, which I think is a waste of a feature found on many Blu Rays, there were no extras, no deleted scenes or any thing other than the hated trailers for other films.
All my movie reviews are of this nature and focus only on the quality of the transfer to BluRay so check them and see if they are of help as well.
Hopefully, this review has been of some help to you in determining your purchase, hope I am on the correct path with a review of the transfer quality as opposed to providing plot summaries.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop ACTION & SUSPENSE January 23, 2002
By Coyote
Format:VHS Tape
If you love action and adventure, this is a definite must-see! Christian Slater and John Travolta make a perfect good guy vs. villian mix, and while the plot may be a bit far out, you will never notice. The action will draw you in and keep you spellbound until the last scene. Mathis's role as the park ranger helping Slater save the day is a bit strained at times, but the effort is valiant, and by the end she's an old pro. Travolta's one-liners definitely make the movie. If you're going to be the bad guy, you've gotta have a stack of suave comebacks and wisecracks, and boy, has he got it! ...."Please try NOT to shoot at the thermonuclear weapons" from behind clenched teeth gets me every time. It's clear that though this is an action movie, it's also a mind game. Travolta's comments let the viewer inside his head, to feel like you are really there.
..."You're out of your mind!"...
..."Yeah, ain't it COOL?"....
You bet it is -- and the stunts will leave you gasping in wonder. From Mathis's near disembowelment by a thwocking chopper blade to Travolta's frantic attempts to catch his getaway pilot's attention, it's all fantastic. Howie Long is also fantastic as Kelly, one of Travolta's goons.
All in all, quite spetacular. I recommend it to everyone, but get your snacks before it starts because you won't want to miss a minute!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a hell of a Bang August 23, 2000
Great movie. The action scenes are intense and perfect. John Travolta as Deakins is magnificent because of his mimic and fantastic acting. The special effect are very good. And last but not least the explosions are great, big and a great sound. If you have not seen it rent it on DVD because of the sound,- and picture quality. Have fun!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not broken...yet... February 21, 2000
By Nick
Broken Arrow, in 1996 it electified the big screen as John Travolta and Christian Slater Duke it out in an orgy of explosions and its out on dvd. Well, ok, that is a very good thing, but let me tell you about it really. It is a very good movie, with some excellent directing by John Woo, not to mention good acting by Travolta and Slater. Also, there are some great one-liners, also the story is not lack-luster, and is in fact anything but, it is well thought out and surpasses by a longshot those other action gore-fests that are just that, gory action -- no brains. Over all this movie is very well done. I give it five stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Arrow...Yes it is cool!! May 6, 2007
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Catching a line from this movie the suspense in this movie is "cool". John Travolta and Christian Slater are at odds in this 1996 movie on the theft of two nuclear warheads in rugged terrain of Utah. At times it has you on the edge of your seat. It certainly is a far cry from Travolta's roles in Grease and Saturday Night Fever but one of his best!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have the will to win! August 30, 2012
Two pilots are transporting two nuclear bombs in a stealth bomber testing the USA radar defense system. They are flying in the nap-of-the-earth mode just barely being above the ground to escape radar detection when the pilot Major Vic Deakins (John Travolta) tries to shoot Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater). A fight ensues and Slater is ejected from the plane while Deakins steals the nuclear bombs....

This movie is a high action film with two good actors playing the key roles. The military are looking for the nuclear bombs and they are blaming the wrong guy for the crime. This is a continuous battle of the bad guy trying to create terror and a hero trying to avoid a nuclear holocaust.

It is a good script with a lot of excellent chase and fight scenes and I enjoyed the movie. I recommend it to you, especially if you are a John Travolta fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always love a good action Travolta movie
Published 14 days ago by Chris LOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining movie - TONS of action - keeps you on the edge of...
Very entertaining movie - TONS of action - keeps you on the edge of your seat through out the entire film! Read more
Published 21 days ago by john
I don't know the reason behind the warning that the Blu Ray won't play on all players. I bought the Blu Ray with the "alternate" cover like the 2010 DVD release (It's the cover... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Adipocere
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Adventure tory
Travolta steals this one from Slater as the devilish bad guy. He and Slater are Navy pilots flying Stealths over the desert to evade capture in a war games simulation. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Orthodoxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Great Movie

Surprisingly, John Tavolta makes a really great villain, as he has in several other movies.
Published 1 month ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good, It will fit into our library quit well.
Published 1 month ago by Justin marcoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by REBECCA KIRKLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A cool movie from the 1990s.
Published 1 month ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by robert c.
1.0 out of 5 stars More Stone Age Sexism
Most likely most women are not stupid enough to waste time on this movie in the first place, but if you are a women I suggest you will be unhappy with it. I am not happy with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by That's Life
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