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When Barb repels down the wall on a rope after rescuing the girl, before they go out the window, you can see Pamela Anderson's roots showing, where she hadn't colored her hair. In the next scene, viewed from above, it is obviously a stunt person wearing a blonde wig, as there are no roots showing. See more »
You don't have to buy me a drink, Axel. I'm tight with the management here. You've got a lot of nerve coming in here.
I had no choice. Where's Barb?
I don't think talking to Barb's going to be such a good idea. She took what went on in Seattle a lot better then I did.
I need her help, Charlie. I need her to put me in touch with the local resistance.
Haven't you heard? Barb's retired. Leave... now... before Barb sees you. There's no telling what she might do.
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The opening credit sequence is one of the most famous in exploitation film history as Barb does a topless wet and wild dance as the credits roll. See more »
Let's All Go Together
Written by Jaime B. Harding, Anthony P. Grantham and Phillip Cunningham
Performed by Marion
Courtesy of London Records Ltd.
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"Barb Wire" was pretty transparently designed as a showcase for both Pamela Anderson's body (too "artificial" for my taste) and her newly-acquired martial arts skills (which, I must say, are quite remarkable). Other than that, it has nothing new to offer to the sci-fi/comic-book adventure genre, although it has a few (too few!) well-executed action sequences and a more professional look than thematically similar crap like "The Demolitionist". (**)
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