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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!"
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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This story is, start in the middle, go both ways. It's funny at times and you get to see Mel and Goldie in their heyday! He's a guy that's deeply hidden in a witness relocation program. There are some very bad dudes looking for him. And he thinks he's finally found a spot where he can settle. After years of hopping around, he finally settles for being a mechanic in some rural garage. He and the owners are friends. I think the owner knows that Mel's talents far exceeds where he wants to be ...But hey, the owner is getting old and needs a partner. Don't look a gift...er..Mel in the mouth, right? All seems nice and calm...
And then Goldie stops for gas. They were an item before he disappears. Goldie wants to know why he left when they were so close. Mel panics. Calls his bugg-out squad, and causes enough commotion that a corrupt FBI agent, (a plant especially put there to find Mel in the Witness Relocation) finds Mel and tells his old buddies that are looking for him where he is. And the race is on. Goldie and Mel run for their lives as the Hit Men get on their trail. Fast paced action. Lots of fun to watch them run as they hash out their abrupt separation! I especially like how Goldie plays the ultimate pampered rich chick that gets into these situations where she becomes Sigourney Weaver but complaining about her manicure the whole time! Nobody does it better.
Would I watch it again? Apparently I did.
Was it worth the watch? If your just watching all off a certain Stars movies, kind of a video-biography, yes.
Would I have gone to the box office? Nah....I'd waited on the video
This is one of Mel Gibson's lesser known films yet it is one of my favorites. Mel and Goldie have great chemistry together and portray their characters convincingly, which not all 80s/90s film can say of its stars. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good romp.