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Bird on a Wire (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Romance  |  18 May 1990 (USA)
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An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.



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Rick has been given a new identity by the FBI for helping convict a drug dealing FBI agent. Fifteen years later his former fiance recognises him. Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him. There are many subsequent chase scenes as Rick and girlfriend revisit his former haunts. Written by Rob Hartill

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He's every woman's dream and one woman's nightmare


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Release Date:

18 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos pájaros a tiro  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$70,980,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The nickname of Richard Jarmin (Mel Gibson was "Rick" whilst his nickname for Marianne Graves (Goldie Hawn) was "Muffy". See more »


A shotgun 'blows out' the rear glass window of the E30 BMW, sending glass throughout the cars interior. But the E30 is a convertible and the rear window is thin plastic and not glass. See more »


Rick Jarmin: You come to Detroit and you rent a Beamer? That's like going to Germany and eating Jimmy Dean sausages!
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Blowin' In The Wind
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fun romantic comedy-chase thriller
12 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beats me why so many people want to trash this action-packed screwball romantic comedy-chase thriller. Instead of comparing it to other Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn films, I compare it to basically similar type films, such as "What's Up Doc?", "Smokey and the Bandit", "High Road to China", "The Big Steal"(perhaps the granddaddy of this type of film) and, more recently, some of the Jackie Chan films. The stunts have gotten much wilder and more numerous in recent decades, including in this film. I love both Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson as actors, and to have them together in this type of film is just great.

Gibson gets things started with a scary practical joke on his coworker. Goldie, a divorced lawyer, happens to drive into the gas station where Gibson is working and thinks she recognizes her almost husband of 15 years ago. He seemingly convinces her she is mistaken, being embarrassed about the circumstances of his sudden disappearance. Goldie returns in the evening to spy on him from across the street. Apparently, she intended to follow his car home, but instead witnesses a confrontation with 2 men intent on killing him. The assailants accidentally kill his coworker. Gibson manages to burst out of the garage in a car, but it is soon wrecked. He sees Goldie and pleads that she let him in her car, acknowledging that he is who she thinks he is. As the station explodes in a fireball, they drive off in a hail of bullets, with a murder charge soon to be filed against them. They're off to the races! Sound promising?

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