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Bird on a Wire (1990)

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An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.

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John Badham

Writers:

Louis Venosta (story), Eric Lerner (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Rick Jarmin
Goldie Hawn ... Marianne Graves
David Carradine ... Eugene Sorenson
Bill Duke ... Albert Diggs
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Joe Weyburn
Joan Severance ... Rachel Varney
Harry Caesar ... Marvin
Jeff Corey ... Lou Baird
Alex Bruhanski ... Raun
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Jamie
Clyde Kusatsu ... Mr. Takawaki
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Paul Bernard
Florence Paterson Florence Paterson ... Molly Baird
Tim Healy Tim Healy ... Paul
Wes Tritter Wes Tritter ... Scottie
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Storyline

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 Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him.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 Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

He's every woman's dream and one woman's nightmare

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiro al blanco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,338,160, 20 May 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,980,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,699,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final negotiating point to convince Mel Gibson to do this film, was the offer of a use of a producer's house for the summer, allowing Gibson to shoot the film, and give his large family an excellent summer vacation home. See more »

Goofs

Liberal use of stuntmen and women with faces visible, clearly not the main actors. In fight scenes, car chases, motorcycle riding, running from tigers, falling down cliffs, and so on. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Graves: I need a bed. I need a bath. I need a massage. I need a manicure... I need my therapist.
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Soundtracks

Ramblin' Man
Written by Dickey Betts (as Forrest Richard Betts)
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band (as The Allman Brothers)
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Non-stop action comedy
25 February 1999 | by Terry-62See all my reviews

If you like Goldie Hawn ( fellas ) or Mel Gibson ( girls ) this is one not to miss. It's non stop action from start to finish and eminently suitable for a younger audience than its certificate would indicate. To see poor Mel having to switch characters each time he meets some one else is entertaining , especially when he has to appear to be "gay". How so many bullets manage to miss them both is of course down to the director, after all he could hardly kill them off !! A hilarious film, played for the most part, strictly for laughs, I wish the widescreen version was available on video.


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