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Bird on a Wire (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 18 May 1990 (USA)
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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 Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him.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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$70,978,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,697,012
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The baboon seen in the movie was, according to the film's production notes on the DVD, the only male baboon in the world that was trained to work in front of a film camera. See more »

Goofs

The black Corvette in the opening credits is a 1980-1981 model (you can tell by the crossed flags on the nose and the shape of the bumper), but the car that pulls into the prison parking lot is a 1979 model. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Graves: Remember when we saw those flying saucers?
Rick Jarmin: Yeah we were smoking some pretty heavy shit that time
Rick Jarmin: I think I see one now
[both see a helicopter gunship flying towards them]
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Credits scroll down instead of up See more »

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References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Your Face Off My Gas
Written and Performed by Luis Jardim
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The Good & Bad Of 'Bird On A Wire'
12 July 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was "cute" and "funny" the first time I saw it, but "annoying" on the second look. A big part of that was my pet peeve of hearing God's name used an exclamation all the time and Goldie Hawn was absolutely brutal in that regard. Every time she was in trouble, which was often, it was "Oh, God!, Oh, God!, Oh, God!"

Puh-leeze, stop with the bimbo blasphemy. I am so sick of people doing this, especially women who are the worst abusers and especially dumb blondes. Anyway, the profanity in addition to the above-mentioned, made this film deserve an "R" rating, not "PG-13." How many movies have we seen where that is the case? Parents, beware of films labeled "PG-13."

If none of this stuff bothers you in the least and you like a fun comedy-adventure then I heartily recommend the movie. You'll get a lot of laughs and entertainment out of this. Hawn and Mel Gibson are always in some kind of trouble and they are a likable couple to watch. This movie personifies both actors: Mel, the handsome macho guy with the sense of humor and Goldie the cutie who is smarter than she looks.... and not as innocent, either. She really likes to show off her butt in this film. It's nice, but the fanny jokes are overdone here.

The bad guys in the movie? The DEA, who else? That's Hollywood's most hated group, I think, even more than the military. Anyone who might takes drugs away from them is a definite enemy of movie producers, directors and actors!

In this weak-plotted film, our two "buddies" are chased all over the country and we viewers just go along for the bumpy and crazy ride.


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