15 certificateBroken Arrow is a Film programme that first aired in 1996 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Broken Arrow is a 3 star programme

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Broken Arrow (1996)

Directed by
John Woo

Great blockbusters have simple, paper-thin plots but succeed because of great characters and fast-moving action. John Woo's second Hollywood outing after Hard Target proves that. Air Force Major Vic "Deak" Deakins (John Travolta) is bitter after being passed over for promotion but has a pension plan: steal a Stealth bomber armed with nuclear warheads and sell them to the highest bidder.

The only fly in the ointment is his number two, Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater) but hitting the eject button mid-flight solves that. As Hale, aided by Forest Ranger Terry Carmichael (Samantha Mathis), sets off in pursuit of Deakins, with the authorities believing he had a hand in the theft anyway, the missiles change hands several times and, as the film draws to its climax, are primed and ready to explode.

What Woo, best known for all out Hong Kong thrillers such as The Killer and Hard Boiled, brings to the film a series of all-out action sequences, from exploding copper mines to fights on a burning train and a car chase across the flats of Utah. The cat-and-mouse duel between Travolta (a most satisfying villain) and Slater is non-stop and Graham Yost, who scripted Speed and Hard Rain, writes in enough exposition to keep the plot believable but the rest is all in Yoo's capable hands.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 125 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1996

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for John TravoltaJohn Travolta...Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
Image for Christian SlaterChristian Slater...Capt. Riley Hale
Samantha Mathis...Terry Carmichael
Delroy Lindo...Col. Max Wilkins
Image for Bob GuntonBob Gunton...Pritchett
Frank Whaley...Giles Prentice
Howie Long...MSgt. Bill Kelly
Vondie Curtis-Hall...Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes
Image for Jack ThompsonJack Thompson...Chairman
Vyto Ruginis...James Johnson
Ousaun Elam...Lt. Pat Thomas
Image for Shaun ToubShaun Toub...Max
Casey Biggs...Novacek
Jeffrey J. Stephen...Shepherd
Joey Box...Frakes