Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow (1996)

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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).

Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, Hale and Teri are on top of the train engaged in a gun fight with one of the bad guys. At one point the bad guy has the good guys right where he wants them, his gun pointed at them and ready to take them out. But instead of simply firing away at them - as he had just done seconds before - he yells at them to "freeze". This then conveniently allows Hale to do the "fall-down-and-grab-the-gun-out-of-Teri's-pants" trick and shoot the bad guy. The decision by the bad guy to suddenly act like a police officer by having them "freeze" makes absolutely no sense. It can't be characterized as a character mistake since he had just been shooting to kill seconds earlier. It was only done to give the good guys an "out" in this situation.

Brittle Fingers

Correction: Definately a character decision; the circumstances have changed from the previous attempt to shoot them. In the event described here the shooter had a clear shot at the subjects and opted not to shoot them in the back (probably wanted to see their faces when he fired; he is quite evil, afterall). In the previous attempt while they were fleeing he did not have a clear shot; he had to keep firing hoping that a round would hit them.


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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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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Question: Like the Wilhelm scream, is there a name to the scream Howie Long makes he falls? I've heard that in more than few other things.

Answer: To me it sounds a lot like a Tie Fighter flyby, also been used in a few movies for various different things.


Answer: Funnily enough, it is actually often referred to as the "Howie Scream," in reference to this film, which famously used it. It's a stock sound effect that's been in use since at least 1980. It's also referred to as "Screams 3; Man, Gut-Wrenching Scream and Fall into Distance," which was presumably the title of the track in the music library it's from.


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