Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow (1996)

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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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Factual error: The United States Air Force does NOT, ever, allow its pilots to box competitively! Ground staff, yes; pilots, no, never. A pilot can be suspended from flying if he/she receives a blow to the head in day-to-day life; boxing is right out. Almost all air forces (the RAF included) impose this rule.

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Continuity mistake: When Hale shoots into the train from the helicopter, he wounds Deakins in the right arm, but later during the movie, the wound is nowhere to be seen. Especially during the fight scene at the end when Deakins takes off his jacket. There's no blood or wound anywhere on his right arm.

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poehitman

Continuity mistake: In the gun fight in the mine shaft, Christian Slater pulls the hammer down on his pistol, then seconds later it's back up.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the copper mine, Christian Slater accidentally arms the bomb. As it counts down it is at 26 minutes. Later it counts down to 22 minutes. When John Travolta finds the bomb and begins stroking it the timer is back to 26 minutes.

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Continuity mistake: When Christian Slater and the ranger are radioing for help in the ranger's truck, the enemy helicopter comes from behind a ridge and shoots at them. They get out of the way, and the bullet fire continues and hits the truck on the driver side door, the roof above, and then the ground after that. In the next scene, you can clearly see bullet holes on the hood, going from front to back, but the fire was from right to left.

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Other mistake: When Terry stands in the valley and the stealth passes above her, you can clearly see that a part of the B2 disappears behind a mountain that is several kilometers away before it has flown just a hundred metres away from Terry.

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Continuity mistake: When Christian Slater and the ranger are getting into the boat, there is a mysterious pair of binoculars that keeps appearing and disappearing.

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Continuity mistake: In the big fight scene in the end John Travolta gets hit in the face and has blood all over his face and the front of his shirt. This keeps disappearing.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, the underground nuclear bomb is detonated, creating shock waves and rippling in the ground beneath the Hummer getaway vehicle. The ripples are huge and come in waves, yet when the explosion subsides, and they drive away, the dirt road isn't rippled or disturbed at all.

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Continuity mistake: When Slater has captured the Hummer, Travolta slams into Slater's car which wrecks the right front light. Seconds later when Travolta arrives at the mine the front light is in one piece.

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Continuity mistake: After the nuclear bomb is detonated, the helicopter spins out of control and crashes in front of the Hummer. Moments later, a camera shot from behind the Hummer shows the road in front of it to be clear, and the Hummer drives away without the helicopter being anywhere in sight.

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Continuity mistake: In the closing fight sequence between Slater and Travolta, Travolta takes out a $20 bill, folded, and sets it under the remote for the nuke. Later, when they show the remote again, the bill is shown unfolded, in fact it is flat. When Christian picks the scorched bill off of the plant it is still flat.

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Continuity mistake: When Hale throws the gas bomb at Deakins' hummer, you notice that the damage to the right side of the front end from Kelly ramming the other hummer is magically gone.

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Plot hole: Slater decides to render the nuke inert by punching in the wrong code three times. However, when he does this, the nuke becomes armed, and Travolta reveals that he is one step ahead by having used a special kind of circuit board to produce this result. Two questions: One, once Slater has armed one nuke, why not arm them all? You've got nothing to lose, and you can keep Travolta from getting them for whatever evil purpose he has in mind. Slater plans to send them all to the bottom of the copper mine anyway, so just arm them all. Two, Travolta later arms a nuke himself, and then smashes the keypad with his gun. Well, if you can do that, why doesn't Slater just smash all the keypads as soon as he gets the nukes? Travolta would be defeated; movie over.

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rbryant73

Continuity mistake: When Terry and Hale first meet, Terry says "You're under arrest until we can get this sorted out", and puts the handcuffs on his right wrist. When he kicks her off, the handcuffs are on his left wrist.

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Continuity mistake: When Kelly fires at the hummer, you see that he punctures the gas tank. On hummers, the gas tank is in the middle of the underside. What he shot was the floorboard.

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Continuity mistake: When we see Terry again after her escapee in the river with Hale, her hair and clothes are in perfect shape. Did she have a comb and hairspray on her?

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Factual error: When Christian Slater shoots down the Huey Helicopter, before it hits the ground the sound of the rotors/turbine changes to an Aerospatiale SA341 Gazelle helicopter. Much like the Chinook, the Gazelle has a VERY distinctive rotor/turbine sound.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie, there is a nuclear bomb with a counter displaying a digital readout of the time countdown. After using several different camera shots and angles, the timer displays "26:00" then 18:00" then "23:00".

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Continuity mistake: The mine is 600 meters deep. Deakins offloaded the bomb at ground level, started sending the elevator down, and then dropped two hand grenades down the shaft. In the next clip the elevator is at the bottom of the shaft, and the grenades hit the bomb. For that to happen the elevator must have free-fallen to the bottom, not descended as we see it.

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Jacob La Cour

Plot hole: In the mine shaft, with the lift going the speed it does, it would take over 10 minutes to travel 2000 feet. Yet our characters manage to do it in about two minutes (use the bomb timer for reference). With the bomb timer starting at 30 minutes (not to mention Travolta puts it down to 13 in a later shot), everyone in the mine should be dead before they could escape.

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Davidian

Continuity mistake: Toward the end of the movie, after the nuke has been armed in the mine and both groups are driving Hummers, John Travolta switches off the engine and informs his passengers that when the nuke goes off, the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) will disable any vehicle that is running. Little does John (and apparently the movie's director) know, but EMP will fry any and all electrical circuits, whether or not the vehicle is running.

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Factual error: When Travolta is deep down in the mine shaft, he uses a two-way radio to talk to his guys upstairs. I know from personal experience, and from being in the military that two-way radios, no matter how much power output they put out, cannot talk for more than 100 feet max in an enclosed area such a mine with thick walls, let alone 2,000 ft (the distance the elevator travels in the mine).

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KINGOFNY

Factual error: Despite what movies keep telling us, you cannot manually arm a nuke taken from a missile or bomb. A device called an accelerometer measures the speed of the flying/falling weapon and arms the warhead. It cannot be done on the ground. The warheads are specifically designed to make stealing a warhead and arming it by itself impossible. Deakins is a pilot, not a nuclear technician. He would need to disassemble the nuke and rebuild it completely to make it detonate. These features are designed so that bypassing/disassembling them DISABLES the nuke completely, making it completely unusable for just this reason.

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Grumpy Scot

Factual error: EMP is mentioned as a threat, but only atmospheric blasts generate EMP fields that affect large areas, not subterranean detonations.

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Continuity mistake: When the helicopter on the train blows up, the boxes that Deakins is hiding behind are on fire. When Deakins stands up, the boxes are not even touched.

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Continuity mistake: When Hall (Slater) and Terry (Mathis) fight on first meeting, he cleverly yanks her gun out of her holster as she kicks him away. However in the next shot she draws the gun out of the holster.

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Factual error: When Kelly falls from the train he falls straight down - compared to the bridge pillars. But since he falls out of a moving train, he would have had some forward speed too.

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Jacob La Cour
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Visible crew/equipment: In the last fight scene with John and Christian, Christian jumps out of the train and disarms the nuke with the remote and the nuke goes through John Travolta, but in slow motion you can clearly see a cheap dummy with white shoes on when he gets hit and flies out.

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Factual error: Hale uses coaxial cable from the antenna to swing down into the boxcar. A single length of coaxial cable would not hold Hale's weight, much less his own and the dead body he used for a counterweight.

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Grumpy Scot

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.

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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.

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Bonita Kilpatrick

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

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Jacob La Cour

Factual error: Slater's character pulls the pin out of the grenade and throws the spoon. The grenade explodes after 8-10 seconds but in real life that grenade is fused for 3-4 seconds.

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uintahiker

Factual error: During the shootout on the roof of the train, the antenna is blown to bits. The antenna should be made from fiberglass, but is made from wood...

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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.

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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.

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Jacob La Cour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Also it makes no sense as to why they would be carrying two LIVE nuclear warheads with them in the first place if the whole exercise was to test the bomber's stealth capability against the radar from the base.

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New this month Suggested correction: It was to see if they could sense the radiation off the nukes. The whole exercise was for the nukes not the plane.

Factual error: During the scene on the train when Hale arrives in the helicopter, Deakin and Kelly shelter themselves from the incoming fire by hiding behind the walls, and manage to avoid taking any hits. This is odd considering they're sheltering not only behind wood walls, but wooden slats. The M16 with its 5.56mm rounds would easily penetrate the wood, let alone pass through the gaps, and injure, if not kill, our lovely villains. Even if they magically escaped unharmed, there would be bullet holes visible inside the train carriage, but these do not exist when the camera pans through it. Indeed, later on the train, Kelly fires a shotgun which happily penetrates the sides of the carriage. There is no reason an M16 would not be able to.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jacob La Cour

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jacob La Cour

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.

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jbrbbt

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.

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nanderson

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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