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Live Wire 1992

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3.9 out of 5 stars (72) IMDb 5.6/10

Pierce Brosnan stars as the FBI's top bomb expert, assigned to discover how terrorists are murdering United States senators in the white-knuckle thriller Live Wire.

Starring:
Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Christian Duguay
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver
Supporting actors Ben Cross, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Plana, Al Waxman, Brent Jennings, Philip Baker Hall, Michael St. Gerard, Clement von Franckenstein, Ivan E. Roth, Selma Archerd, Rick Cicetti, Norman Burton, Scott Burkholder, Mark Phelan, Tracy Tweed, Danielle Zuckerman, Lenka Peterson, Eric Briant Wells
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: VHS Tape
I watched this movie on cable several years ago and have been searching for it for awhile, unfortunately I could never remember the name, until now. I am a true fan of Pierce Brosnan, since his debut as Remington Steele. 'Live Wire' allowed viewers to really see Brosnan. He was angry and vengeful, arrogant and cruel, comical and so very sexy, and physical. If not for starring Brosnan, the movie would have never been able to hold my attention. The music really sucked, and Silver well he has done much better work. I recommend this movie to anyone who can't get enough Brosnan. No collection of Brosnan films can be completed without 'Live Wire'.
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By A Customer on February 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
As I was flipping through channels one night, I came across this movie just as it started (opening title) I was about to turn it off, and I started watching the first few minutes. I coudnt believe this movie grabbed my attention so quickly. I soon realized this movie was really good and watched the whole thing. My wife, being a Brosnan fan loved it too. So we bought a copy for our collection. This one is worth a look.
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Format: DVD
This movie is very underated, I happen to think it is better than every James Bond movie Bronson has made except for Golden Eye. Bronson's character in this movie has more depth than Bond's character which allowes Bronson to show of his acting talents and a wider range of emotions. In this movie he plays a capable, resoursful, tough, independent, bomb specialist. However, he is also a haunted drunk with a temper. Bronson's child drowned in a pool at their home while he was supposed to be watching her. The guilt has turned him into a hollow shell of the man he was. His wife has seperated from him and is now dating a senator who she works for. The senator, played by Ron Silver, is a great character. Silver does a supreb job of being sleazy and arrogant in this movie. The plot of this movie is unrealistic but intriguing nonetheless. Somehow a middle eastern terrorist/arms dealer has succeded in developing an explosive that exists in liquid form. For instance it looks like water but if you drink it you explode. The scenes where people explode are CRAZY!!! People get it really bad in this movie. The villian in this film is great, I have never heard of Ben Cross before and have never seen him in anything since this film and I do not know why since he plays such a great villian. His screen presence is astounding, he has even more presence than Brosnon. I lot of people gave this movie bad reviews but from reading what they wrote it seems to me that they had trouble following the plot. A lot happens in this movie very quickly and the plot involves a United States governent sponsored arms deal gone bad. In truth the movie could have spent more time detailing exactly what went wrong between the senators and the arms dealer (Ben Cross).Read more ›
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By A Customer on January 7, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Anybody who is a fan of Pierce Brosnan should definitely get a copy of the Unrated Version of Live Wire. It's worth the price of the movie just for the hot love scenes(and I mean hot!) between Pierce and Lisa Eilbacher.. .
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Dopey but colorful 1992 action flick finds a pre-James Bond Pierce Brosnan playing Danny O'Neill, a former bomb disposal officer for Washington P.D. who is now working for the FBI. In Live Wire someone develops a new type of bomb that looks and tastes like water but acts like super high potency nitroglycerine about 30 seconds after it mixes with stomach acid, turning whomever drank it into an unwitting suicide bomber. There are a surprisingly large number of liquid explosives so the idea isn't entirely implausible--unfortunately the nifty weapon is pretty much the only good idea Live Wire actually has.

One obvious problem with Live Wire is that it thinks too small. The man using the liquid bomb (Ben Cross, who seems to be having a little bit too much fun) isn't a terrorist--he's an arms dealer and he is targeting three corrupt senators who cheated him out of 10 million dollars. So the villain is using this fantastic weapon to collect a debt rather than as part of some larger plot. The weapon itself would be worth more than the 10 million he is trying to collect providing that the method behind its manufacture could be kept secret. Ben Cross could probably extort hundreds of millions if he blew up politicians and other high profile figures on a regular schedule unless a large ransom was paid--unfortunately none of this apparently occurred to the makers of Live Wire.

There's a famous scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious where the camera follows a poisoned glass of milk as it is slowly carried up some stairs in Suspicion--and a similar scene with poisoned coffee in Notorious.
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A very interesting and fairly original plot is acted convincingly by this cast led by Pierce Brosnan. There is a pretty steamy love scene and very creepy special effects. I gave it three stars instead of four simply because it is dated and the script is a little simplistic.
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