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Broken Arrow [DVD] [1996]

John Travolta , Christian Slater , John Woo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0HC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 DieHard, 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 and 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. There are 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 Broken Arrow is deceptive: its tone is right for the laughter compared to the mean-spirited Schwarzenegger and Stallone action films with laboured jokes. Hong Kong master director John Woo (TheKiller and Hard Target) pulls out all the stops--slow motion of Hale and Deakins' 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 Woolater reteamed for Face/Off. --Doug Thomas

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Embittered US Air Force pilot Vic Deakins (John Travolta) goes AWOL during a test flight for a new nuclear-equipped fighter plane, attempting to gun down his co-pilot, Riley Hale (Christian Slater), before making off with its deadly warheads. Hale enlists the help of park ranger Terry Carmichael (Samantha Mathis) to bring his errant partner to justice, and to save his country from nuclear devastation. Directed by action specialist John Woo.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serves its purpose and then some! 26 Mar 2006
Broken Arrow is one of John Woo's best films (next to Hard Boiled) and I would argue better than Face Off. The film is one long lesson in action filmmaking and pulls out all the stops.
With a script that plays for laughs as much as action, the actors all take to their roles perfectly. The tone of the film is set just right for some mindless action spectacle. At the end of the day, action films are not running for Oscars but are here to entertain - and their are fewer films as entertaining as Broken Arrow.
There's one set piece after another; planes, trains and automobiles all get a seeing to as Christian Slater's pilot pursues rogue co-pilot across the Mojave Desert, with 2 warheads in tow.
With a generous running time and impressive direction, Broken Arrow is a great way to spend 90 minutes. If Die Hard is the daddy of action films,this is the uncle that can be a terrific surrogate!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Graham Yost's screenplay, directed by John Woo stars John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo and Bob Gunton in an unbelievable adventure story. If readers missed it at the cinema, catching it on DVD is not that essential. Life will continue.

However, for those who enjoy a couple of hours of fictional fun mostly unrelated to any form of reality, this is one of the DVDs to go for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Battle is a highly fluid situation. 28 Jan 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Broken Arrow is directed by John Woo and written by Graham Yost. It stars John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Bob Gunton and Howie Long. Hans Zimmer scores the music and Peter Levy is director of photography.

Vic Deakins (Travolta) and Riley Hale (Slater), two air force friends, about to become enemies as one of them goes rogue and steals two nuclear missiles. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a Broken Arrow, and America is in danger.

John Woo berserker with Travolta going over the top. OK, lets not be too judgemental about such things, but expecting anything less than no brain explosive cinema is tantamount to stupidity. That said, even the blockiest of action blockbusters should have some sort of character depth from which the audience can begin to be involved with. Broken Arrow doesn't have that, Woo and Yost forgo such things and just launch into an hour and forty five minutes of adrenalin rushes, set around a good guy versus bad guy premise: with Samantha Mathis dragged along side the good guy for the token female interest. The absence of any wit in the script is particularly galling, especially since Travolta's mugging cries out for some corny throw away lines. But for action seekers, at least, Broken Arrow is undeniably good trashy fun. Woo knows how to string action sequences together, and he also has this knack of making gun-play and carnage almost balletic. Cast wise it's best just to buy into Travolta enjoying himself, but Slater you sense is taking it all far too serious. Mathis is admirable given the scant flesh written onto her characters bones, while Gunton and Lindo are badly underused. Zimmer's score is part Western, part Octane, and Levy's (and his team) photography around Utah's scorched vista's is very accomplished and easy on the eye.

Don't think about it too much and the discerning action fan should enjoy it. 6.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stonking good film 11 Aug 2003
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Travolta ham's it up a bit but makes an impressive villain. Slater is a bit underplayed as the hero. The action is fast flowing with no disjointed bits for love scenes etc. The special effects are good and as with most modern day action movies you have to sit back and watch, tongue in cheek for the most part, letting your vision take control and ignore some of the more unbelievable bits. I have had this movie on VHS and now have it on DVD. To sum it up, a good movie to take your mind off everyday life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Trust hotshot disillusioned Airforce man John Travolta to steal a Stealth Plane and its nukes...
"Broken Arrow" is great fun and has long been a fall back watch in our house.

However British fans should note that the USA-only 20th Century Fox 'BLU RAY' is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on UK machines.

Buy the UK version instead - it's cheap - a looker on the Format - and a hoot into the bargain...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Arrow 28 Mar 2013
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I like John Travolta and think that this is probably as good as Face off. Lots of action scenes following even more action scenes. A must see for Travolta fans
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy action 8 Mar 2013
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When I first watched this movie years ago, I thought it was really good. Re-watching it now I have to admit that it is one of the cheesiest action movies I have seen for a while. The storyline is sound enough, but the lines, and the soundtrack just puts it over the top. Although I consider John Travolta a very good bad guy, there is a limit I guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must watch 5 July 2014
By tina
Awesome film Christian Slater at his best
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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay entry for the action genre!
Even though I prefer mostly cerebral movies, I also appreciate a good, brainless actioner now and again! Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars flyboys
a brilliant action film as john Travolta and his co pilot go on a mission at night where travolta ejects his friend to steal 2 nuclear warheads only to find his friend hampering... Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Droken Arrow
I originally had this movie on VHS... in fact it was one of the first wide screen movies that I purchased and was looking forward to seeing it again but in higher quality DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. J. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars good watch
enjoyed this film its a bit different , good story, well worth a watch if wanting a decent evening in
Published 6 months ago by paul brimblecombe
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of lighthearted action for my Sons to watch in the summer Hols
No work of art but fast moving action makes for a reasonably enjoyable film especially if you are only 15. Travolta is up to his usual brilliant standard
Published 9 months ago by JohnnieB
3.0 out of 5 stars Average action flic
This is a decent film which doesn't really hit the heights. Travolta is fun with his over the top acting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bluepencilreview
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Wonderful purchase i love my purchase very much, highly recommended across the board, couldn't be happier wouldn't hesitate to give 10 out of 10.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Susan Lampard
4.0 out of 5 stars ok service
pretty crap movie Ithought it was going to be more of a thought provoker not a smash em and kill em
Published on 7 July 2012 by Dfbox
2.0 out of 5 stars What happens when a budget is blown on one actor...
...and that actor is John Travolta.
Major Vic "Deak" Deakins (John Travolta) and Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater) are pilots in the United States Air Force. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by Popcorn Player
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