Bird on a Wire

May 18, 1990 0 By Fans
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A FBI informant has kept his new identity secret for 15 years, now an old flame has recognised him and the bad guys are back for revenge.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 5.6/10 (15,929 voted)

John Badham

Stars: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine

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 Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him.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

Writers: Louis Venosta, Eric Lerner


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


Jeff Corey

Lou Baird

Alex Bruhanski


John Pyper-Ferguson


Clyde Kusatsu

Mr. Takawaki

Jackson Davies

Paul Bernard

Florence Paterson

Molly Baird

Tim Healy


Wes Tritter


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

Release Date: 18 May 1990

Filming Locations: 3rd Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000


Opening Weekend: $15,300,000

Gross: $70,980,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The name of the man who runs the hotel that Mel and Goldie check into following the helicopter chase is Norman as it is in Psycho


When Rick & Marianne are escaping across the top of the hotel room it is only minutes after her 'early' breakfast was delivered @ ten to seven. As they crawl across the framework on th hotel roof a clock in the background is showing around 07:30. When Rick falls and clambers back up, less than a minute later the clock is showing nearer 08:00


Rick Jarmin:
You come to Detroit and you rent a Beamer? That's like going to Germany and eating Jimmy Dean sausages!

User Review

Good standard dumb action movie!!

Rating: 7/10

This is a middle of the road but enjoyable action comedy. John Badham a
veteran of the action genre handles proceedings with flair and paces
the movie well. The film hardly lulls despite a someone choppy ending
set in a zoo. The film is routine but gets by with the likable leads,
Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. Gibson was making a name for himself as an
action man by this time having already done 3 Mad Max films and 2
Lethal Weapon movies. Gibson's everyman likability and at the same time
tough guy physique worked well in these movies, despite wasting his
acting ability, with the exception of a great role in Lethal Weapon. At
the same time as Gibson evading death by the pursuing dirty lawmen,
David Carradine and Bill Duke, Goldie Hawn seems to be in her very own
light-hearted Goldie movie about the posh bird who learns there is more
to life than money and essentially she is still acting from her
previous movie, Overboard. Despite this Hawn is likable and has good
chemistry with Gibson. The trademark showing of her ass is once again
here and Hawn parades her derrière in her movies even more than
Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film also features the gorgeous and future
queen of soft core, erotic, B-movies Joan Severance.

The film has some good action scenes and plenty of on screen carnage
and thanks to Badhams brisk direction it engages. The story maybe wafer
thin but the film moves by so quickly it is difficult not to enjoy. The
chemistry between the two leads more than make up for the clichéd by
the numbers performances of the bad guys Carradine and Duke. Carradine
is so far from his great performance in Kill Bill 2 that you have to
wonder why it takes so much inspiration to coax a performance from the
man whose wooden demeanour has led to him being a B-movie staple for
nearly 20 years.

Overall this is enjoyable stuff and typical of the sort of harmless and
moronic fun action movies of the 80's. ***