Broken Arrow (1996) (part 2 of 6)

Some bantering between Deakins and Hale establishes their location as the desert region near Nevada and Utah, and then the flight begins.

Elsewhere, a park ranger comes across a campfire and a tent. He has a word or two with the old guy inside, and surprise, surprise, the ranger shoots the guy and his wife dead. The faux ranger gets on a walkie-talkie and confirms that the area is secure, and several Humvees approach.

A lot of cannon fodder villains get out, led by Pritchett (Bob Gunton). Pritchett is one of my favorite types of movie villains: the guy who’s ostensibly in charge, but actually has no fucking clue what he’s doing, and is prone to panic attacks. It’s a real fun character type to see, because you just watch the guy, anticipating the moment where the real villain of the piece has finally had enough and offs him.

Caption contributed by Ed

“Guys, remind me again. Am I living in fear of John Travolta in this movie, or Steven Seagal?”

Pritchett’s first act is to order his men to pull the dead old guy out of the fire he fell into after getting shot. Good old Bob does the scene with his usual skill; The guy plays complainers really well, folks. Wait until I get around to The Glimmer Man, and then we’ll really have some fun.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Broken Arrow (1996)

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