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Bird on a Wire (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 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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Lou Baird
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Storyline

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 Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him.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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Action | Comedy

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18 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Tiro al blanco  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,338,160, 20 May 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,980,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,699,000
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2.35 : 1
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Though he has since acted in other major movies, and though he had directed for television, Bird on a Wire (1990) was the last big cinema movie that Bill Duke appeared in as an actor, before he directed his first movie, which was A Rage in Harlem (1991). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, Rick keeps changing boots even though he has no luggage. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Rick Jarmin: This can't be good for you.
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Ramblin' Man
Written by Dickey Betts (as Forrest Richard Betts)
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band (as The Allman Brothers)
Courtesy of PolyGram Records
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bad day at the zoo for Mel and Goldie
30 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The star power of Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn help this 1990 action film, which is about a witness protection program refugee who reconnects by accident with his old girlfriend. The two then run to avoid the people after him. And run and run and run.

There are so many chase scenes in this movie, I lost count, but they lead to a very effective finale in the zoo. I enjoyed this movie because of its two stars. I thought they had great chemistry and repartee.

The movie is short on plot and character development, you know, things that one would occasionally enjoy seeing in a film, and long on action, charm, Mel's rear, Goldie's figure, and fashion. On this basis, I found it enjoyable.


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