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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:
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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)
Vinnie Curto ...
Aide to Pryzer
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Storyline

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

Although the film seems to contradict itself about what year it is set in (the year is twice said to be 2017 but later given as 2019) it is of course possible that over a year could have passed between the scene of Barb looking out at the city from the car and the torture scene. See more »

Goofs

As the girl is being electrocuted on the table, her hair, which is spread out on the table, keeps changing position. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Willis: Colonel Pryzer. Alexander Willis, Director of Police Operations. Welcome to Steel Harbor.
Coloney Pryzer: Wipe that smile off your face, Willis! This burned-out hellhole is the last place on Earth I want to be right now. And if it wasn't for your almost complete incompetence, I wouldn't be here in the first place. Would I?
Alexander Willis: Yes, well needless to say I intended to have both Krebs and Cora D extraditcated and sent back to Washington by now. However, due to circumstances...
Coloney Pryzer: [interupting] Listen carefully, if Cora D...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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She's So Free
Written and Performed by Johnette Napolitano
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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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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