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Barb Wire (1996)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 3 May 1996 (USA)
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Post-apocalyptic remake of Casablanca (1942) set in a sleazy nightclub.



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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


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 »


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


$3,794,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pamela Anderson had previously backed out of Miami Hustle (1996), a movie that she had already had a physical examination in preparation for, before starring in this film. She had given her reason as no longer wanting to do sex scenes after her "Horrible experience" on the set of Raw Justice (1994). However, an attorney for production company The Private Movie Co. pointed out that she later participated in the "Twice as graphic" sex scenes in Naked Souls (1996) and really just wanted to do a bigger budget, higher profile movie like this instead. A Judge ultimately ruled against The Private Movie Co.. See more »


When Barb throws the chair through the window, the amount of glass still intact around the edges of the window decreases between shots, before she clears the rest out with her grappling hook. 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

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 »


Spill the Wine
Written by Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown), Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen),
Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott),
, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Lee Oskar and Charles Miller
Performed by Michael Hutchence
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd.
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Pam's got nice breasts.....and that's the end of the film
21 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Barb runs a bar and is also a mercenary out for herself in the civil war. However when her ex-boyfriend Axel comes to se her she takes a job helping a scientist get across the country to expose a government cover up. However will she remain a mercenary or will she pick sides?

When people are famous for being naked – that's pretty much what they should stay doing. Do we want porn actresses doing serious Hollywood roles? No – let them stick to what they know. I'm not calling Anderson a porno star but lets be honest, she famous for having great breasts right? So how can we harness this star power? Lets put her in tight clothes in a futuristic remake of Casablanca!

The plot is a sheer rip off and still manages to be poor. It is only an excuse for tight clothes and silly big explosions. As a dumb Saturday night special it still barely cuts it for me, although it is noisy, if that's all you want.....

Anderson isn't an actress – if it wasn't for a good publicity agent and a boob-job, she wouldn't even be offered the roles that Shannon Tweed gets! She doesn't convince as an actress as she can't get above the range required by Baywatch – look scared, look happy, look sad, look determined, oh and poke out your boobs! The rest of the cast have nothing to do and it's a shame to see reliable bit part players like Howard and Xander Berkley appearing in this.

Overall it has some pretty explosions but really this is like a Playboy video – it's all designed for the purpose of capitalising on Anderson's body.......why should we be surprised that it does nothing else.

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