Post-apocalyptic remake of Casablanca (1942) set in a sleazy nightclub.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Patron
Adriana Alexander ...
Redhead
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Goon #2
Vanessa Lee Asher ...
Emily
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Customs Agent #1
Jennifer Banko ...
Spike
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Dancer (as Candace Camille Bender)
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Foster
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)
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Storyline

In the early 21st century, the USA is in the wake of the Second Civil War. The whole country is in a constant state of emergency. What was formerly called the American Congress now rules the country with fascistic methods. There is only one free city left, Steel Harbor, a coastal California industrial town which is headquarters for the resistance. This is the home town of Barb Wire, owner of the Hammerhead nightclub. 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 in the crime-ridden streets of Steel Harbor. One evening, her former lover Axel Hood appears at the club asking for a favor to help him and his lover Cora D flee the country to Canada, 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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No laws. No limits. No turning back. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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

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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Gross:

JPY 25,130,100 (Japan) (17 January 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening "Wet Strip" in which Barb dances in a strip club with her breasts hanging out of her rubber dress whilst being sprayed with water was suggested by Pamela Anderson after she was inspired by a nightmare she had in which she was being sprayed with champagne whilst performing a "Nasty dance". David Hogan, who was under pressure to include more nudity, liked the idea and threw out the movie's original opening to include it. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene at the Hammerhead before it opens where Barb is lying down at a booth and she puts her empty glass on the table. The ice is almost all melted but in the next shot, a close-up as she pours herself some Wild Turkey, the glass is filled with new ice. See more »

Quotes

[Col. Pryzer is torturing Charlie with electric shocks]
Coloney Pryzer: One last chance, Charlie. Where are the rental lenses?
Charlie Kopetski: [defiant] The Easter Bunny took 'em!
[Charlie is hit with more electric shocks and he screams in pain]
Charlie Kopetski: [in agony] Please... stop! I'll talk! This guy has them. I gave the lenses to this guy.
Coloney Pryzer: What guy?
Charlie Kopetski: This big guy. He's big and fat. He has a white beard, he wears a red suite, he lives at the North Pole... and he goes by the name of Kringle. Kris... Kringle.
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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 »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Tango for Griselda
Written and Performed by Miguel Garcia
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
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a guilty pleasure in every sense of the word.
18 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

first of all, i rated this film a 7 but not on a normal film scale. no, i rated it this on a cheesy so-bad-it's great level and in that respect this movie is well done.

first of all, Pamela Anderson literally looks like a barbie doll in this so a little typecasting is evident. she delivers her lines like a cyborg at times, she has a hard time keeping her fantastically huge breasts in her outfit during the film's 'action' scenes and the plot is, believe it of not, a ripoff of Casablanca!!

the rest of the actors deliver their lines in a tongue in cheek fashion that suits the film's cheesy and overdone demeanor.

the good thing is is that much of the dialogue is unintentionally hilarious and the use of slow motion is used during action scenes to highlight some unusual things (rent it to find out what i mean.)

a classic in the so-bad-it's-good genre and a showcase for how if you're going to make a bad film, put all your heart into it and pile the cheese until it's extra high.

rating:7 (on a cheese level) 3 (on a legitimate movie scale)


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