Bird on a Wire (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bird on a Wire (1990)




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The can't-miss teaming of Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn is squandered on a clumsy, illogical romantic melodrama. Running across her old boyfriend Gibson at a Wisconsin gas station, Hawn is astounded that he seems not to recognize her. How could she have known that Gibson was put into the Witness Relocation Program after testifying against a homicidal mob boss (say, don't they usually alter your appearance when they put you in that program?) Curious over Gibson's furtive behavior, Hawn unknowingly sets herself up as a target for the bad guys. The whole affairs culminates in an after-hours showdown at a zoo (a plot device vastly improved upon in the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Eraser). While Bird on a Wire admittedly has its moments of enjoyment, most of the film is on a par with Gibson's embarrassing, homophobic scene with a pair of epicine hairdressers. And whoever heard of the Chinatown section of Racine, Wisconsin?more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Louis Venosta, David Seltzer, Eric Lerner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 21, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


Mel Gibson
as Rick Jarmin
Goldie Hawn
as Marianne Graves
David Carradine
as Eugene Sorenson
Bill Duke
as Albert Diggs
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Joe Weyburn
Joan Severance
as Rachel Varney
Jeff Corey
as Lou Baird
Clyde Kusatsu
as Takawaki
Jackson Davies
as Paul Bernard
Florence Paterson
as Molly Baird
John Garber
as Knatz, Nikita
Oscar B. Ramos
as Cop at Fire
Lesley Ewen
as Night Receptionist
Florence Patterson
as Molly Baird
Robert Thurston
as Bank Teller
Brian Torpe
as Bank Vice-President
Oscar Goncalves
as Bank Guard
Oscar Ramos
as Cop at Fire
Dan Zale
as Fireman
Blu Mankuma
as Plainclothesman
Doug Judge
as Cop at Cafe
Jon Garber
as Nikita Knatz
Paul Jarrett
as Carl Laemmle
James Kidnie
as Underworld Boss
Kim Kondrashoff
as Guard at Gate
Michel Barbe
as Maitre d'
Maria Leone
as Sales Clerk
Danny Wattley
as Cement Worker
Ewen Leslie
as Night Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Bird on a Wire

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 18, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Fun caper romp with charismatic stars Mel and Goldie.

June 15, 2005

Audience Reviews for Bird on a Wire

A cable tv staple that's not as much fun as you might think.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

...on a cloudy Sunday afternoon. If you are looking for something else, don't watch it.

On the other hand, if you are looking for some laughs, some actions scenes (on the edge of the impossible, a.k.a. James Bond scenes) and some romance, you got it. Sadly, in a small amount.

You could say, that if there wasn't Mel (with his jokes) and Goldie (with hers legs), the movie probably sucked. Thanks to them, this movie still deserves an o.k. grade.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Hawn cheatin' on Russell?

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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