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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patron
Adriana Alexander ... Redhead
... Goon #2
Vanessa Lee Asher ... Emily
... Customs Agent #1
... Spike
... Dancer (as Candace Camille Bender)
... Alexander Willis
... Foster
Alex Bookston ... Man in White Suit
Gil Borgos ... Old Man
... Big Fatso
Mark Collver ... Manny (as Marc Collver)
Tina Cote ... Woman in Bar #1 (as Tina Coté)
Vinnie Curto ... Aide to Pryzer
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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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Don't call me babe! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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

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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

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$3,794,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening "wet strip", in which Barb dances in a strip club with her breasts hanging out of her rubber dress, while being sprayed with water, was suggested by Pamela Anderson after she was inspired by a nightmare she had, in which she was being sprayed with champagne while performing a "nasty dance". David Hogan, who was under pressure to include more nudity, liked the idea, and threw out the movie's original opening to include it. See more »

Goofs

When Barb shows a license of prostitution while posing as a hooker, it says "Good Health as of: 1-07-19." The film began in 2017, but it is subtly implied that over a year passes from the shot of Barb looking out at the city from the car until the torture scene, so it could be 2019 by now. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Pryzer: Now, where is Dr. Corrina Devonshire?
[the Woman in Torture Room turns her head aside and is panting. Colonel Pryzer taps the screen and the Woman screams as she's electrocuted. After a few seconds, Pryzer ends the shocks and the Woman in Torture Room is panting]
Woman in Torture Room: She's going to Steel Harbor, the free city.
Colonel Pryzer: Do you mind telling me why Cora D. is going to Steel Harbor?
Woman in Torture Room: She's meeting members of the Resistance. They're giving her the retinal lenses, helping her out of the country, to Canada. She's ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

A scene of an additional longer opening title sequence, which is just a longer video of Barb Wire dancing topless, following in the credits. See more »

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References Barbarella (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Ca Plane Pour Moi
Written by Lou De Prijck (as Lou DePrijck) and Yves Lacomblez (as Yves Lacombiez)
Performed by Mr. Ed Jumps the Gun
Courtesy of EMI Electrola GmbH
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Proper expectations
4 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

While Barb Wire isn't an Academy style good movie, it succeeds wonderfully at what it is: a comic book translated to film. It's over-acted and over-the-top, but it's supposed to be. It's great eye candy and lots of fun to watch. I think Pamela Anderson did a great job being a two-dimensional comic book hero - think Clint Eastwood spaghetti western with tight leather. Keep in mind what the film is trying to be and you'll have a great time.


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