Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow (1996)

58 mistakes

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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

Plot hole: There is no logical reason as to why two pilots on a training exercise would be given classified info such as the access codes for the nukes.

Factual error: 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. The whole world would know that the US has set off a nuke and is lying about it, trying to claim it was an earthquake.

Factual error: The helicopter explodes while still in the air when hit by the EMP. It might cause it to shut down (and crash) but not explode in the air.

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.

Other mistake: The nuclear missiles are next to each other in the plane. But on the screen in the cockpit there is an empty spot between them.

Continuity mistake: After Travolta drops the nukes from the stealth, he says "This is Deakins! Hale's lost it! I'm punching out!" When the G-man on the plane asks for their last transmission to be faxed to him, the transcript says "This is Deakins! Hale has lost it! I have to punch out!" Important government documents, such as this, would have to be word for word, especially with an issue of missing nukes present.

Continuity mistake: When Slater throws the henchman out of the first Humvee, he lands on the side of the road. But then he is in the middle of the road so Travolta"s Humvee can run him over.

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.


Factual error: In the scene when Travolta ejects from the Stealth, they are flying at 400 feet and 800 miles an hour. At that speed without a helmet or face protection, Travolta's face would be mush.

Factual error: The train is supposed to be heading East. But in several shots, the sun is on the left side of the train (and still high in the sky). The left side of the train would be Northwest (or North) and the sun would not be there.

Jacob La Cour

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.

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Trivia: Travolta was originally offered Hale's part, but he wanted Deakins. The role of Hale and Terry was made younger, and Slater and Mathis were cast.

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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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