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Bird on a Wire (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 18 May 1990 (USA)
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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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 Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him.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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The name of the man who runs the hotel, into which Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn check, following the helicopter chase, is Norman, as in Norman Bates in Psycho (1960). See more »

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All aircraft have Canadian Registration #s and not US. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Graves: What are you doing here?
Rick Jarmin: I missed you. Now hop on...
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Good standard dumb action movie!!

This is a middle of the road but enjoyable action comedy. John Badham a veteran of the action genre handles proceedings with flair and paces the movie well. The film hardly lulls despite a someone choppy ending set in a zoo. The film is routine but gets by with the likable leads, Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. Gibson was making a name for himself as an action man by this time having already done 3 Mad Max films and 2 Lethal Weapon movies. Gibson's everyman likability and at the same time tough guy physique worked well in these movies, despite wasting his acting ability, with the exception of a great role in Lethal Weapon. At the same time as Gibson evading death by the pursuing dirty lawmen, David Carradine and Bill Duke, Goldie Hawn seems to be in her very own light-hearted Goldie movie about the posh bird who learns there is more to life than money and essentially she is still acting from her previous movie, Overboard. Despite this Hawn is likable and has good chemistry with Gibson. The trademark showing of her ass is once again here and Hawn parades her derrière in her movies even more than Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film also features the gorgeous and future queen of soft core, erotic, B-movies Joan Severance.

The film has some good action scenes and plenty of on screen carnage and thanks to Badhams brisk direction it engages. The story maybe wafer thin but the film moves by so quickly it is difficult not to enjoy. The chemistry between the two leads more than make up for the clichéd by the numbers performances of the bad guys Carradine and Duke. Carradine is so far from his great performance in Kill Bill 2 that you have to wonder why it takes so much inspiration to coax a performance from the man whose wooden demeanour has led to him being a B-movie staple for nearly 20 years.

Overall this is enjoyable stuff and typical of the sort of harmless and moronic fun action movies of the 80's. ***


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