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Bird on a Wire (1990)

Mel Gibson , Goldie Hawn , John Badham  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Stephen Tobolowsky
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: David Seltzer, Louis Venosta, Eric Lerner
  • Producers: Rob Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783227396
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    This action-comedy from 1990 makes the critical mistake of trying to mix a potentially suspenseful plot with the kind of humor that Mel Gibson can only get away with in his Lethal Weapon movies. It doesn't work here because the movie's supposed to be a Hitchcockian thriller and Mel's wisecracking--not to mention some implausible plot twists and ridiculous chase scenes--makes it impossible to take any of this movie seriously. It works best as a lightweight vehicle for Gibson and Goldie Hawn, who bring their own established appeal to their roles as old lovers who are reunited under unexpectedly dangerous circumstances. After testifying against some drug-running killers, Mel's been safe under the protection of the FBI's witness relocation program, and Goldie coincidentally enters his life again just as the bad guys are hot on Mel's trail. They join up and go on the run from the villains and ... well, let's just say director John Badham doesn't have any big surprises up his sleeve. Goldie and Mel are enjoyable, as always, but you'd have to be their biggest fan to watch this movie more than once. --Jeff Shannon

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    Superstars Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn team up with this non-stop action-comedy directed by John Badham. Hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program, Rick Jarmin (Gibson) gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Hawn) recognizes him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail (David Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian (Joan Severance). Their whirlwind travels eventually lead to an unforgettable climax in an elaborate zoo exhibit. PBS-TV calls the film "a roller coaster of a movie with hot action and wild humor! This Bird soars!"

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    37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You have the right to n attorney. I am an attorney! February 18, 2008
    Bird On A Wire DVD

    Bird On A Wire is about a guy (Mel Gibson) who is in the Witness Relocation Program (WRP)going by the name Billy Ray Bowers, named for both the scoundrels that could have been his Daddy, per his Momma. One day his ex-fiancé ( Goldie Hawn) drives up to the gas station where he is working and tells him to fill `er up, unleaded.

    Goldie Hawn at 45 still had great legs and takes every opportunity throughout the movie to show them off..

    The movie is filled with action and for the ladies even has a shot of Mel Gibson's back-side.

    Recommended for fans of Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn ( of Laugh-In fame).

    Gunner February, 2008
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT COMIC PAIRING! August 24, 2000
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    Superstars Mel Gibson and the loveable Goldie Hawn star in this enjoyable, action-comedy. The plot is somewhat convoluted but the general story is that Rick (Gibson) is hiding under the FBI witness re-location program but he gets nervous when an old flame, Marianne (Hawn) recognises him. Before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail (David Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves reunited when they are thrown into a cross country, action packed adventure, avoiding gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian, played by Joan Severance. There is nothing short of great chemistry between the two leading players, even if there roles are quite typical of roles they have both played in other films. Never the less this film holds many laughs and good points and the unforgetable climax in an elaborate zoo exhibit is where the film really scores best.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars AN INTELLIGENT REVIEW OF BIRD ON A WIRE March 12, 2000
    This movie sure got bashed bewtween Malten and Shannon. Well, let's give it a thoughtful review - just for kicks. On the upside, this movie did illustrate, well, the laughable personal and professional behavior of just about everyone in the late 1980s. In fact, the illustration by itself should get a rise out of people who lived as adults through the "Crazy 80s" and others. The government and its representatives were represented in this movie as what most Americans would believe to be true to form, Gibson was a protected government informant and Hawn was his high school love, it helped the movie and Gibson that she was a rich, divorced attorney. Her character enabled Gibson to emerge victorious in a battle planned by a corrupt FBI Agent and an honorable FBI agent who became the unfortunate victim of Alzheimer's Disease. Their adventure was wild and wooley. However, on the downside, it did fall short in that there were certain scenes in which there was an unrealistic portrayal of technical procedure (like the bank scene for instance) and other scenes which did take away significantly from the movie. Basically folks, the movie was a no brainer, but it was fun and Hawn and Gibson made a pig into a chicken - rent it for fun, you won't have any regrets!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever April 5, 2010
    By Bionica
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    Best movie I've ever seen. It's action packed, romantic, funny & exciting. Keeps you right on the edge of your seat.
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    10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mel & Goldie and a great film! January 19, 2005
    When I first saw this film, I attended a sneak preview on a saturday night in Palm Springs. It was a sold out showing, the audience was cheering, laughing and applauding. I was right there with them!!!! Goldie Hawn is gorgeous, hillarious and brilliant here!(isn't she always?!!) Mel Gibson is equally good. The teaming of these two actors was awesome! Action, comedy, romance, this box office blockbuster has it all! A classic that gets better with each repeated viewing. Two movie icons together in a great movie!Critics were not kind to this movie, but audiences ignorred the reviews and enjoyed the film and it was a mega-hit, grossing over $80 million at the U.S. box office.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun romantic comedy-chase thriller August 11, 2008
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    Beats me why so many people want to trash this action-packed screwball romantic comedy-chase thriller(especially at Instead of comparing it to other Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn films, I compare it to other basically similar type films, such as "What's up Doc?", "Smokey and the Bandit", "High Road to China, "The Big Steal"(perhaps the granddaddy of this type of film), and, more recently, some of the Jackie Chan films.
    The stunts have gotten much wilder and more numerous in recent decades, including this film. I love both Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson as actors and to have them together in this type of film is just great.
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    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Melvin Gibson Romantic Comedy May 14, 2001
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    Melvin Gibson is absolutely as good as he can be in this film, doing the best job of comedic acting he is capable of, and looking as nice as he ever had looked to this point in his life. (Some say that Melvin Gibson is not aging well, but the fact is that he is growing old at the same rate we all are.) If you want to see Melvin Gibson in top form, check out this film. And Goldie Hawn ain't bad either.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Goldie and Mel July 31, 2012
    By msdale
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    Ahhhh - Mel in a different life. Love these two together. I've watched this movie more times than I can count. Fun and laughter. LOVE Goldie.
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