- 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004D0HC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,975 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Broken Arrow [DVD] 
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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.
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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This movie is exactly what we've all come to expect from the genre. The bad guy(s), initially, appear to be extremely intelligent and competent, but as the film progresses they turn into incompetent buffoons. They were capable of shooting the hairs off a fly's leg from 100 yards away at the start of the movie to becoming as useless as Star Wars Stormtroopers by the end! Also, several times they get the drop on our hero, Riley Hale (Christian Slater), only not to kill him immediately, but to request he surrender his weapon?
Still, this movie has good action sequences, a likeable cast, spectacular desert scenery (including "endangered dirt") and, from the director John Woo, an almost pathological hatred of helicopters! He destroys at least four in the movie.
I do recommend this movie if you are an action fan. Just be willing to suspend your disbelief whilst watching it and you're sure to have a great time.
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!!!
Major Vic "Deak" Deakins (John Travolta) and Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater) are pilots in the United States Air Force. Both are sent on a training exercise to carry nuclear warheads in a B-3 stealth bomber (fictional advancement of the B-2).
On the exercise Deakins reveals to Hale he is sick of his unfruitful career and has defected. He crashes the bomber after ditching the nuclear warheads and ejecting Hale. Deakins then liaises with his henchmen and sets about retaining the warheads for sale on the black market (or along those lines, I really had lost interest tbh).
Hale obviously survives and goes about trying to stop Deakins in the dullest way possible only know he has the help of a park ranger (Samantha Mathis) who happens to be near the crash site, inevitably they get together.
I'll not finish the plot, as I'm sure you will be able to guess it.
John Woo has done the Hollywood thing here unfortunately. Boring/dull plot which is predictable to say the least and we've seen it a million times before. The acting from Travolta is top draw admittedly, he's a good villain but that's it. Christian Slater couldn't have made the good guy (Hale) any more boring and hateable if he tried, the whole film you just want to see him and that annoying park ranger fail. The henchmen are perhaps the worst example of acting I have seen. So wooden, they might aswell have the script in their hands, truly appalling.
So then, the CGI, well this film has nukes, so naturally I expect some kick a$$ explosions as a redeeming feature and given that it had a $55million budget I was hoping to be impressed. I wasn't. A few gun fights and a nuclear explosion... underground (oooohhhhhh, that's why they did it underground!!!).Read more ›
"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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a good film, good acting, music etc...But is just lacking...something compared to films like the rock, con air, die hard etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Creepy Pasta Kitty
If you don't like Travolta playing a psychotic traitor/terrorist/criminal then this movie is probably not for you. I think he's great in this role. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rwb
VERY GOOD MOVIE WITH PLENTY OF VIOLENCE & ACTION. OOH YEAH.! - THE RED HEADED LADIE ISN'T BAD AS WELL.!Published 15 months ago by THE MAD HATTER.!