Broken Arrow

Continuity mistake: During the fight on the train, the white antenna is shot to pieces (one of the corners is totally gone) but in the next clip it is less damaged.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Deke hits the investor in the throat with a pipe, his head is straight back against the chair. In the next shot, his head is leaning to the left towards Deke and in the next shot it is straight again.

Bonita Kilpatrick

Continuity mistake: In the fight on the train scene, the train goes at very different speeds in the various shots.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: During the fight between John Travolta and Christian Slater in the train car towards the end of the film, the amount of blood around John Travolta's mouth changes between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Terry goes out of the lake, she is soaking wet and without her jacket, and remains without it for several minutes. Then when she hides behind a bush while the truck goes by, the jacket is suddenly back on her.

Continuity mistake: When Terry is hanging on the side of the train, she shifts between being on the sun side and the shadow side of the train.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Terry's jeep explodes, we can see the bullet holes in the hood. They are all circular. But when shot from the helicopter from low in front of the car, the holes would be elongated.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Hale is aiming the revolver up at the helicopter, where Terry is talking to the pilot, we can see (in two clips) that the drum of the revolver is empty.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Terry meets Hale, it is just at sunrise. But during their fight, the angles of light and shadow show that the sun is high up in the sky. And the light level (and cloud cover) changes between shots.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Travolta holds the dollar note towards Slater in the locker room, the way it is folded changes between shots twice.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Slater and Travolta are flying in the Stealth, in the outside shot small clouds pass by the plane, but in the inside shot there are none, and they are high above the cloud layer.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Christian Slater and the girl are trying to take over the jeep with the nukes in it, Slater shoots the driver's foot and pushes him out of the jeep to the side of the road, but then the car with Travolta in it accidentally runs over the guy in the middle of the road.

Continuity mistake: Despite a nuclear explosion sufficient to cause the ground to ripple for several kilometers, strangely, it is not sufficient to blow the top of the mineshaft.

Continuity mistake: When Deakins drops the nuclear weapons out of the stealth, the parachutes on the nukes are white. When the recovery team finds the nukes, the parachutes are black.

Continuity mistake: When the humvees are racing across the desert they both go over a cliff at the same time, as they do they are just facing each other at the front but when they fly over the camera they are fully straight.


Continuity mistake: When John Travolta resets the timer on the nuclear warhead in the mine, he sets the warhead to 13 minutes and then smashes the buttons. Right before he smashes the buttons you can see that the buttons are already out of place.


Continuity mistake: When Wilkins' helicopter blows up, the train comes to an almost complete stop and then goes through the tunnel slowly. When Hale and Terry are done sabotaging Deakins helicopter, the train is back to full speed.

Other mistake: When Christian Slater shoots 9 or 10 shots out of a 6-shooter, there is no possible way that he could have had time to reload in the time allotted.

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Vic Deakins: Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?

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Trivia: John Woo wanted Hale to die in the film, but the studio was against it because of Slater's popularity with younger audiences.

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