Barb Wire (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  3 May 1996 (USA)
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Post-Apocalyptic remake of "Casablanca" set in a strip club.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adriana Alexander ...
Goon #2
Vanessa Lee Asher ...
Customs Agent #1
Jennifer Banko ...
Dancer (as Candace Camille Bender)
Alex Bookston ...
Man in White Suit
Gil Borgos ...
Old Man
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Big Fatso
Mark Collver ...
Manny (as Marc Collver)
Tina Cote ...
Woman in Bar #1 (as Tina Coté)
Vinnie Curto ...
Aide to Pryzer


21st century. USA. The second civil war. The whole country is in a state of emergency. What was formerly called the American Congress now rules with fascistic methods. There is only one free city left, Steel Harbor, headquarter for the resistance. This is the hometown of Barb Wire, owner of the night club Hammerhead. As times aren't good, Barb has a second job. She's a bounty hunter and you probably wouldn't want her after you. Barb's credo is to never take sides for anybody and that's the only way to survive these days. As her former lover Axel Hood appears asking for a favour, Barb suddenly finds herself to be key player on high political stage. Now she has to take sides... Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barb·Wire  »

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Box Office


JPY 25,130,100 (Japan) (17 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entire "Don't call me, Babe" leitmotif of Barb Wire comes from the original advertising for the Barb Wire Dark Horse comic book, in which she said those words to differentiate herself from a buxom, slightly airy comic book heroine named Babe by John Byrne. See more »


When Charlie says "I talk to Spike, or I talk to nobody," his necklace changes position between shots. See more »


Woman in Torture Room: You'll never find her.
Colonel Pryzer: You're so beautiful. I'm sorry.
[electrocutes her to death]
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Crazy Credits

A scene of an additional longer opening title sequence, which is just a longer video of Barb Wire dancing topless, following in the credits. See more »


Don't Call Me Babe
Written by Con Fitzgerald, Carrie Askew (as Caroline Askew) and Jacqueline Blake
Performed by Shampoo
Courtesy of Food Ltd.
Under exclusive license to EMI Records U.K. Ltd.
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Feed her after midnight, get her wet, but, whatever you do, don't call her "Babe"!
20 July 2001 | by (Fresno, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

Pamela Anderson Lee will certainly never be mistaken for a talking pig, especially in the outfits she gets to wear in Barb Wire. Pamela has cascading blonde hair down to there, acres of cleavage and plenty of clingy leather getups cut up to here. If you get distracted and call Ms. Wire the dreaded "B" word, you may find yourself dealing with her nasty-tempered Rottweiler, Camille, a sidekick with bite. This highly anticipated comic-book action/adventure, starring the pinup star of Baywatch, lasted only a short time in theaters before going bust, so to speak. I'm sure the backers couldn't care less, as their investment was made back in advance by tremendous worldwide sales. Barb Wire was sold on the star's face and form long before there was a story concept or anything resembling a script. Good thing, too. Yes, the futuristic plot does bear some parallels to Casablanca, but the family resemblance is strictly skin-deep. Barb is a nightclub owner who helps an old flame, now a freedom fighter, and his wife escape from a corrupt police official and some neo-Nazi types. Of all the gin joints in the world, Axel had to walk into Barb's. Barb has just been hosed down while performing a torrid dance onstage and is feeling, well, charitable. The movie gets off to a pretty good start, with tongue well in cheek, but grows wearisome when it forgets to laugh at itself. The explosions, shoot-outs and chases are eventually numbing. Must say, however, I did love the death-by-spike-heel scene which comes early on. Steve Railsback, as the head meanie, Colonel Pryzer, comes across as Tommy Lee Jones-lite. Ms. Anderson Lee, as Barb the Buxom, is game, however, firing oversized weapons and kicking fanny without mussing her makeup. Too bad they couldn't afford some better wigs for her stunt doubles.

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