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Barb Wire (1996)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 3 May 1996 (USA)
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During the Second American Civil War in 2017, Barb Wire owns a nightclub called the Hammerhead. Things become complicated when her ex-lover Axel Hood, who is married to the fugitive Corrina Devonshire, re-enters her life.

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David Hogan

Writers:

Chris Warner (characters in comic), Ilene Chaiken (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amir AboulEla ... Patron
Adriana Alexander Adriana Alexander ... Redhead
David Andriole ... Goon #2
Vanessa Lee Asher Vanessa Lee Asher ... Emily
Ron Balicki ... Customs Agent #1
Jennifer Banko ... Spike
Candace Kita ... Dancer (as Candace Camille Bender)
Xander Berkeley ... Alexander Willis
Tony Bill ... Foster
Alex Bookston Alex Bookston ... Man in White Suit
Gil Borgos Gil Borgos ... Old Man
Andre Rosey Brown ... Big Fatso
Mark Collver Mark Collver ... Manny (as Marc Collver)
Tina Cote Tina Cote ... Woman in Bar #1 (as Tina Coté)
Vinnie Curto Vinnie Curto ... Aide to Pryzer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

No laws. No limits. No turning back. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barb·Wire See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,794,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Manny: What are you doing here?
Barb Wire: [holds up a cigarette] Looking for a light. Got one?
Manny: [laughing] I don't smoke.
[Barb shoots him in the head with a mini-dart from the fake cigarette]
Barb Wire: Neither do I.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

For UK cinema the R-rated print was submitted and passed uncut with a 15 certificate. Video versions were raised to an 18 and featured the unrated print with additional footage of a topless Barb being hosed down during the opening credits. For DVD the R-rated print was again released, with the nude credits scene included as an extra on the disc. See more »

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Miracle
Written by Louise Hoffsten and Leif Larson
Performed by Louise Hoffsten
Courtesy of BMG Ariola AB
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I would have loved this if I saw it when it first came out.
8 May 2010 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

A sort of remake of Casablanca set in the future and in a strip club? Pam Anderson is Barb Wire and she must help someone get on a plane to Canada, with contact lenses. Whatever else the plot is, do people really care?

This film was made, marketing and watched because of one thing and one thing only, Pamela Anderson. This was her naked sci/fi Hollywood film, the opening of the movie shows her stripping, showing her breasts and getting hit with water. Ooooh, so sexy. This was probably the one scene many kids watched over and over. The film itself is regarded as one of those, it's so bad it's good. I can totally see that and once I got pass Anderson's wooden acting, I actually enjoyed myself. Guilty as charged.

I said I would have loved this when it first came out. I say that because I was around 10 years old and a film like this, that is drenched in so called "sexiness" would have been imprinted on my mind. Seeing it for the first time in full when I'm 22, went to film school and have been on the internet since I was whatever age, the film doesn't strike me as sexy. Anderson does look good though and seeing her prance around in tight leather doesn't hurt either. Much better than what Halle Berry tried to do with Catwoman.

Anderson became famous for her breasts and that was the focus of the film. Every other shot is of her massive cleavage. Am I complaining? Not really. But we have porno for that, the catch is that Anderson is someone "somewhat" famous. There is a special feature on the DVD called SEXY OUTTAKES. This is ten minutes long and it is of her stripping with the water. Basically the entire opening, but for ten minutes.

Jango Fett from the Star Wars prequels is in this film, I found myself saying "Hey it's that guy" a lot every time a character came on screen. The film is campy, what else do I need to say? The acting is campy, the script is god-awful and taken from Casablanca, the nudity isn't even that good. I expected more, the film feels like a tease.

Barb Wire is like Showgirls. Made to appeal to the perverted crowd, only this one has explosions. I'm giving this one a high rating, for it's campiness feel. It's trash, but golden trash.


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