Corrected entry: When Terry takes out the Navy Seal with a hammer, she throws it and it spins in the air, like a tomahawk. The tomahawk does this because it is carefully balanced, unlike a hammer, which has a heavy weight at one end (the head) the hammer would have flown straight.
Corrected entry: When Slater and Travolta are flying the stealth bomber, the two nuclear weapons are shown in adjacent racks in the bomb bay. On the computer display in the cockpit, the weapons are shown with an empty rack in between them.
Corrected entry: When Hale and Terry first meet and they're wrestling over the gun, you can see the orange nubby that indicates it is not a real gun.
Corrected entry: After Hale arms the nuclear weapon (and only has thirty minutes to dispose of it), he and the park ranger decide to lower the weapons into the mine shaft (and potentially get trapped down there with them because bad guys are coming). Instead of using the elevator, why not just drop the bombs into the shaft? If the armed one doesn't explode, fine. If it does, big deal; it's at the bottom of a half-mile deep mine.
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
Corrected entry: Why on earth does Teri arrest Hale? In what reality is it illegal to parachute from a crashing aircraft into a National Park? Is the pilot supposed to wait until he has flown out of her jurisdiction before he ejects? She handcuffs him - a man who may be distressed or injured after ejecting from a crashing bomber! What planet is she on?
Corrected entry: The military is content to acknowledge a missing B2 because a few people may notice one took off from a base and didn't come back (maybe it was transferred to a different base?). But after the detonation in the mine, they decide to cover it up as an earthquake. Seismologists all over the world can easily tell the difference between a nuclear detonation and an earthquake. In fact, some are dedicated to this task to monitor the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, so the whole world would know that the US violated the treaty and tried to claim it was an earthquake.
Corrected entry: Wilkins and the rest of the Air Force team running this exercise are supposedly at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, as stated by Pritchett when he's talking about the reporters in lawn chairs. There is no way they would have felt the tremors from an underground explosion in Utah.EMTurbo
Corrected entry: When the bomber is shown being towed out of the hangar it is being directed by a ground crewman with glow-sticks. While under tow the pilot has no control over the steering of the aircraft and the tractor driver can, presumably, see exactly where he is going and needs no guidance. The ground crewman is not only completely superfluous, he's in the way.
Corrected entry: In the final fight scene in the train, Christian Slater knocks Travolta down and grabs the remote control. Travolta told him beforehand that he can press one button to detonate the bomb and the other button to disarm. You can hear Slater pressing a button two or three times and nothing happens. But when he gets the remote again in the end, he presses it once and it disarms the bomb.KINGOFNY
Corrected entry: In the opening boxing scene between Hale and Deakins, they would be wearing mouthguards and helmets.
Corrected entry: The EMP that brings down the chopper for some reason has no effect on the circuits of the remaining nuke, nor or Deakins' watch which he continues to use afterwards. It would fry them irrespective of if they were turned off or not; similarly the same effect would prevent their jeep from working afterwards.David Mercier
Corrected entry: When they use the helicopter to "give those guys a hair cut" towards the end of the film the rotor blades do some serious damage to one of the guys. However, in reality this would cause serious damage to the blades themselves and would most likely cause them to stall as there would be a sudden force put upon them.David Mercier
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?rbryant73
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?
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?