Rick has been given a new identity by the FBI for helping convict a drug dealing FBI agent. Fifteen years later his former fiance recognises him. Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him. There are many subsequent chase scenes as Rick and girlfriend revisit his former haunts.Written by
The crop-dusting plane was a Piper J-3C-65 Cub, while the black chopper that chased it was a Hughes 369D. Both are seen flying upside down and even doing a 360-degree loop, something that had also been seen in John Badham's earlier movie Blue Thunder (1983). See more »
There are scenes in which mountains can be seen in the distance. There are no mountains or even big hills in Detroit. See more »
Blowin' In The Wind
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
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Nice thrills and laughs
What it's meant to be cannot be broken but it certainly take a long and tumultous way to finally make the perfect circle. That's the story of the couple played
by Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn in "Bird on a Wire", where they were split from each other in the early 1970's when the man had to disappear from view and enter the
witness protection program when he denounced his former criminal comrades. When the business lady played by Hawn accidentally bumps into the man many years later
barely she knows the problem both will get when the bad guy (David Carradine) is released from prison and with the help of a rogue FBI agent (Stephen Tobolowsky) he
tracks down Mel and seeks revenge on him, which makes the pair go into a
thrilling escape that besides the scary scenario it can also ignite the once brightening flame of love.
This is unlike today's messy business one call films today. There's non-stop adventure and action, non-stop comedy and thrills, some romance and tiny chewed drama
and even with such a paradoxal combo the film never fails at anything. Back when of my first view I just couldn't get anything special out of it except remembering
Goldie Hawn shouting and screaming all the time, and a nice conclusion but the whole ordeal was too weak. I was to demanding then, of getting a more intelligent and
well-connected plot. Now, I can see it as a simple minded flick that has plenty to offer with its exciting action sequences, helicopter versus plane chase, motorcycles
and cars running, some shooting and the hilarious pairing of Hawn and Gibson.
John Badham isn't known for a particular style or trademark, but he certainly could extract good performances and orchestrate good action sequences, all brilliantly
edited and hardly ever wasting a moment. I absolutely had a great time with this picture, even forgiving some of its errors and lack of consistence at times. It's an almost mindless screwball comedy, simple, fun and thrilling experience. 9/10
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