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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »


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 »


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 »


Spoofed in Barb Wire XXX (2013) See more »


Pigskin Parade
Written by Sam Ireland, Debbie Quargnolo, Rita Blazyca and Andy Semple
Performed by Die Cheerleader
Courtesy of London Records
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User Reviews

17 April 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

What do you really expect from a chick like Pamela Anderson..? That she´s performing character roles Meryl Streep is normally meant to play?!? In this film you get her usual qualities in a sufficient amount: Pam is pretty, Pam is sexy and she´s joking in a self-ironic humor for the whole film. So what do you want more?!? The opening sequence is great and Udo Kier, one of the most culty German actors next to the deceased Klaus Kinski is also in! Of course, if you expect a great film you certainly will be disappointed: the set decoration is pretty cheap and the plot is stolen from "Casablanca". Nevertheless "Barb Wire" is very entertaining and should be regarded as funny action trash with an attractive main actress - nothing more, nothing less! Just be glad that David Hasselhoff is not in!!! (6/10)

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