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Hong Kong director John Woo's second U.S. film (his first was John Woo) delivers a number of exciting action sequences but is let down by a credibility-straining plot. John Travolta plays Vic Deakins, an Air Force pilot on what is supposed to be a routine night flight mission with his co-pilot, the younger Riley Hale (Christian Slater), whom Deakins constantly kids for lacking the "will to win." Deakins is actually a traitor who crashlands their Stealth Bomber in Death Valley so that he can steal two nuclear warheads onboard and sell them to terrorists who plan to blackmail the government. Deakins meets up with his cohorts, who have been waiting in the park, while Hale survives and teams up with a young, attractive park ranger (Samantha Mathis) to foil Deakins's plans. Plenty of action ensues, with car chases, collapsing mine shafts, fights on burning trains, and even the underground detonation of a nuclear device. Despite the script's implausibilities and inconsistencies, Woo amply displays the expertise with action sequences and man-to-man conflict that has made his Hong Kong films cult favorites. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:February 9, 1996

Cast

John Travolta
as Vic Deakins
Christian Slater
as Riley Hale
Samantha Mathis
as Terry Carmichael
Delroy Lindo
as Col. Max Wilkins
Bob Gunton
as Pritchett
Frank Whaley
as Giles Prentice
Howie Long
as Kelly
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes
Jack Thompson
as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Vyto Ruginis
as Johnson
Casey Biggs
as Novacek
Myke Schwartz
as Brandt
Jim Palmer
as Lt. Reed
Charlie Brewer
as McKeller
Gary Epper
as Miller
Kurtwood Smith
as Secretary of Defense Baird
Daniel Von Bargen
as Air Force General Creely
Carmen Argenziano
as General Boone
James MacDonald
as Park Ranger Baker
French Stewart
as I.R. Crewman
Chris Mulkey
as Major Hunt
Shaun Toub
as Max
Mario Roberts
as Carl
Carmen Argenziano
as General Boone
Vyto Ruginis
as Johnson
Daniel Von Bargen
as Air Force General Creely
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes
James MacDonald
as Park Ranger Baker
Casey Biggs
as Novacek
Jack Thompson
as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
French Stewart
as I.R. Crewman
Shaun Toub
as Max
Gary Epper
as Miller
Kurtwood Smith
as Secretary of Defense Baird
Myke Schwartz
as Brandt
Chris Mulkey
as Major Hunt
Howie Long
as Kelly
Charlie Brewer
as McKeller
Jim Palmer
as Lt. Reed

Crew

John Woo
Director
William Badalato
Producer
Terence Chang
Producer
Graham Yost
Screenwriter
Lloyd Ahern, Jr.
Cinematographer
Peter Levy
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Mirkovich
Editor
Joe Hutshing
Editor
John Wright
Editor
Holger Gross
Production Designer
Allison Lyon Segan
Co-producer
Christopher Godsick
Executive Producer
Gary Diamond
Set Designer
Lois G. Hoyos
Set Designer
Mary Malin
Costume Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Josh McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Gary Hymes
First Assistant Director
Paul Lane
Stunts
Danny Wynands
Stunts
Marcia Holley
Stunts
Joni Avery
Stunts
George Wilbur
Stunts
Brian Smrz
Stunts
Jophery Brown
Stunts
Billy Lucas
Stunts
Cindy Folkerson
Stunts
Eugene Collier
Stunts
John Cade
Stunts
Donna Isaacson
Casting
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
Jacques Stroweis
Visual Effects Supervisor
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