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Barb Wire (1996)

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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.

Director:

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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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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Box Office

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

The date on Barb's license of prostitution (July 1, 2019) is Pamela Anderson's 52nd birthday. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene at the Hammerhead before it opens where Barb is lying down at a booth and she puts her empty glass on the table. The ice is almost all melted but in the next shot, a close-up as she pours herself some Wild Turkey, the glass is filled with new ice. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Kopetski: You don't have to buy me a drink, Axel. I'm tight with the management here. You've got a lot of nerve coming in here.
Axel: I had no choice. Where's Barb?
Charlie Kopetski: I don't think talking to Barb's going to be such a good idea. She took what went on in Seattle a lot better then I did.
Axel: I need her help, Charlie. I need her to put me in touch with the local resistance.
Charlie Kopetski: Haven't you heard? Barb's retired. Leave... now... before Barb sees you. There's no telling what she might do.
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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 »

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Referenced in Latin Boys Go to Hell (1997) See more »

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Written by Clark Stiles and Dan Reed
Performed by Live or Die
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A fair time-killer.
9 August 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"Barb Wire" was pretty transparently designed as a showcase for both Pamela Anderson's body (too "artificial" for my taste) and her newly-acquired martial arts skills (which, I must say, are quite remarkable). Other than that, it has nothing new to offer to the sci-fi/comic-book adventure genre, although it has a few (too few!) well-executed action sequences and a more professional look than thematically similar crap like "The Demolitionist". (**)


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