Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow (1996)

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Corrected entry: Moments before Travolta attempts to shoot Slater in the B-2 cockpit, Slater says something along the lines of how he enjoys flying a 2 billion dollar plane 800 miles per hour 100 feet off the ground. The problem with this is, that the aircraft would be traveling faster than the speed of sound at 800mph. We know that objects traveling faster than the speed of sound will create a sonic boom. Stealthy aircraft such as the B-2, travel at high subsonic speeds, so as not to create a sonic boom, which would alert enemy forces on the ground to the presence of an aircraft in the vicinity.

Correction: This is not necessarily a mistake. 800 mph is rather close to the speed of sound, although it may be faster, it could be that it was easier saying this, than saying 750 mph. Another explanation is that the airplane is capable of flying supersonic speeds, and if they are only 100 ft. of the ground, and in peacetime, maybe they didn't have to worry so much about being stealthy, and maybe they actually did fly 800 mph.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film, the helicopter on the train explodes when the engine is started. Clearly Deakins wanted to use the chopper to get away after activating the bomb...But how many people was he going to take with him off the train. At least nine people were killed or kicked of the train by Hale and Co. Clearly not all of them would have fitted in the chopper, so some of them would have died in the blast. None of them must have been THAT stupid to not figure this out themselves. So some of them must have volunteered to die. Long definitely said at end of movie, right before he was kicked out by Hale HE did not want to die for anyone in the nuclear blast...

Correction: Travolta never intended to blow up the nuke. In the mine he told Hale that he was going to buy shares of Volvo with the ransom money - money he would not get if the bomb went off. And he told Howie Long on the train "After the money's in place, I'll shut down that puppy." The helicopter was going to be used to leave the USA. After Hale blew up the chopper Travolta went back to the car with the nuke and, realizing there was no escape, said "F*ck em if they can't take a joke," and started the timer.

Corrected entry: In government parlance, a lost or damaged nuke is a "Broken Arrow". A stolen nuke is an "Empty Quiver".

Grumpy Scot

Correction: It is understood at first that the nuke devices are missing, not stolen. Therefore, the title "Broken Arrow".

Corrected entry: During the scene, near the end of the film where Hale is in the helicopter, shooting at Deakin on the train; we see Hale aiming directly at Deakin, inside the train, with Terry hanging on to the outside of the train. The problem is that if you are shooting at a moving target then you MUST lead the target, that is to say, shoot in front of it, to ensure that the rounds you are firing will strike the target. Hale is an experienced military operator and would know to lead his targets. Unfortunately, he was aiming just about the right distance in front of Terry for him to hit her, and the volume of fire he poured at the train would have been more than enough to seriously injure, if not kill the poor girl.

Correction: I'm no gun expert but weren't they both moving at the same speed, just as good as if they were standing still at that distance? So leading would not be necessary.

Nick N.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Hale and Deacon are flying the "B-3," Slater's character says something to the effect of "initiating stealth mode." He then flips a cockpit panel switch and the audience is led to believe that the plane is now invisible. In actuality there is no "stealth mode" switch in a stealth fighter or bomber. Their "stealth" comes from design materials (read: radar absorbing materials),structure design (no 90 degree angles), and from their onboard electronics package which enables them to locate radar sites, their field of view and fly around them.

Correction: It is likely that the plane has an active radar (used in normal flight) that needs to be switched off when entering enemy territory. And I guess that the engines have a setting that reduce their thermal image but makes them less efficient.

Corrected entry: When Slater steals the Humvee with the nuke in it, Howie Long starts shooting at him. He is chastised by Travolta, something like: "Would you please not shoot at the NUCLEAR weapon"? However, we were informed earlier, after the Stealth bomber crashes, not to worry since these weapons can sit in "burning jet fuel for five hours" and be fine. Well, which is it? Are they stable or not?


Correction: Are you telling me that even though you know the bombs are stable, you wouldn't be the slightest bit worried that it might go off for no reason? I know I would be paranoid.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, there is a gunfight on the top of the train. In this the antenna - which is set up to receive the signal from the remote controller - is damaged. A few scenes later, Slater uses the cable, which goes from the antenna to the bomb, to swing in the train, so there is no connection between the antenna and the bomb. But after the fight between Slater and Travolta, Slater jumps out of the train with the remote controller in his hands and disarms the bomb. So how came the signal to the bomb?

Correction: The remote works without the antenna a short distance from the bomb, and Slater is a maximum of ten meters away when he pushes the button.

Corrected entry: When Slater and the girl is in the canyon fighting the chopper, he borrows the girl's gun, but later, in the mine, he has his own sidearm. Why did he not use this to fight the chopper?

Correction: The gun was taken from the driver of the Hummer earlier on in the film (the one he throws out the door).

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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