Barb Wire

1996

Barb Wire

Critics Consensus

Barb Wire could've been fun camp, but Pamela Anderson can't deliver her lines with any dramatic or comedic impact.

28%

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Total Count: 36

14%

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Movie Info

This quasi-feminist fantasy adventure is based on a popular Dark Horse comic and is set in a civil-war-torn United States. The year is 2017 and a Nazi-like Congressional Directorate has comandeered the government. The evil CD threatens to wipe out entire cities with Red Ribbon, a manufactured virus derived from HIV. They have already successfully tested it on the city of Topeka, and only Steel Harbor remains free. Therein lives Barb Wire (Pamela Lee), a wild-haired black leather and thigh-high boot-wearing, hog-riding spit-fire bounty-hunter who carries antibodies for Red Ribbon in her DNA. Barb frequently captures her fugitives by posing as a stripper. The only time she blows her cover is when someone dares to call her "babe." Her usual reply is punctuated by a violent act upon the offender. On her latest mission, Barb has captured a rebel fugitive, Krebs, who possesses special contact lenses that can defeat the retinal scanners the CD uses to prevent people from defecting to Canada. The evil regime wants those lenses before Krebs can pass them to Cora, D a former government physician who plans to use them to save thousands of lives.. Barb ends up with the lenses and must choose between selling them or giving them to Cora. Lee (best known for starring in the long-running syndicated show Baywatch) performed many of her own stunts.

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Cast

Pamela Anderson
as Barb Wire
Xander Berkeley
as Alexander Willis
Udo Kier
as Curly
Steve Railsback
as Col. Pryzer
Clint Howard
as Schmitz
Tony Bill
as Foster
Ken Forsgren
as Greaseball
Neil Hunt
as Weasel
Joey Sagal
as Fred the Bartender
Al Wan
as China
Ron Balicki
as Customs Agent No. 1
Alex Bookston
as Man in White Suit
Gil Borgos
as Old Man
Tina Cote
as Woman in Bar No. 1
Vinnie Curto
as Aide to Pryzer
Miles Dougal
as Goon No. 1
David Andriole
as Goon No. 2
Darrell M. Heath
as Soldier in Flashback
Diana Lee Inosanto
as Customs Agent No. 2
Tiffany Lawrence
as Security Guard
Mary Anna Reyes
as Woman in Torture Room
Joe Sagal
as Fred the Bartender
Diane Shay
as Stripper in Dressing Room
Lou Simon
as Passenger
Rene Stahl
as Woman in Bar No. 2
Teo
as Disc Jockey
Jack Wright
as Package Check Guy
Salvator Xuereb
as Young Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Barb Wire

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (26)

  • The irony of this style, with its high-swank grunge clutter, is that it's too dissociated to have coherence even as pop; we're always aware that we're watching sets being photographed.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • The movie carries its cyberpunk variation right through to the end, and usually with enough wit and craziness to freshen the mix. Then, there is Pamela, whose tight, disciplined performance deserves more respect than it will almost certainly get.

    Apr 27, 2007
  • Its main source is a comic book, but it might as well be a computer.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…
  • his cartoonlike starring vehicle for Pamela Anderson Lee offers enough choreographed fight sequences, heavy artillery and fleeting glimpses of the star's august body parts to satisfy the raging hormones of its target young male audience.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film's haphazardly edited, lacks narrative clout, and rambles on to a ludicrously extended conclusion.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Made with a wafer-thin stylishness that thinks dressing the Congressionals like storm troopers is creative, Barb Wire plods along, following one pro forma scene with the next.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barb Wire

  • Jun 20, 2016
    Opening sequence is of Pamela Anderson as a stripper, topless. After that, turn off the film. It is essentially the plot of Casablanca, but set in a post-apocalyptic world strip club. If you like nudity, mindless/bad action, and crap acting then watch a porn parody, not this. This comic book adaptation is laughable for the majority of the film.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2013
    Pamela Anderson is Barb Wire in this trashy, exploitation thriller. Based on a Dark Horse comic, Barb Wire is a rogue bounty hunter and club owner who walks a thin line between the competing factions of America's Second Civil War, but she's eventually pushed too far. The story couldn't be more trite, but Anderson actually does a fair job portraying Wire. However, she doesn't have much of a supporting cast backing her up, and the writing doesn't help any. Barb Wire is an entertaining B-movie, but the poor filmmaking makes a mess out of the material.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    Summary: Pamela Anderson running around in low-cut outfits with guns killing people and blowing shit up. The Good: If you like tits than you'll like this. Okay plot and action. Very cheesy and over the top. The Bad: Don't watch this for story or characters. Ratings: Acting: 5/10 Story: 4/10 Originalality: 4/10 Soundtrack: 6/10 Characters: 4/10 Overall: 6.5/10 Sexiness: (The following is my Review for the fappers 18+): The first 10 minutes already have big-breasted Pamela Anderson dancing around naked getting sprayed with water. There's not much nudity later on in the movie but Anderson is always wearing very sexy revealing outfits. Fap Rating: 9/10
    Professor W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2011
    Barb Wire is just an excuse for studio executives to fill their wallets by casting Pamela Anderson (who was still big back then) in a film that has little substance. Barb Wire is a terrible attempt at an action film and is definitely one of the worst action films that I've ever seen. The film has some of the worst acting possible. Based on a comic book, Barb Wire takes place in the future where the U.S government has fallen and a Fascist military dictatorship has taken over. Barb Wire's plot is pretty thin with poor development. Pamela Anderson is definitely no actress and this film proves it. The only thing that's going for this film is that the film looks great. The sets are awesome and the look of Steel Harbor is wonderful. Unfortunately, that doesn't redeem the film from being a terrible miscalculation. I despised this film, and thought it had nothing interesting to offer the viewer. Barb Wire is a mess, and doesn't work as an effective action film. This is one awful film that just doesn't cut it. The film is sloppy and it plays out like a bad B movie. There are no redeeming aspects of this film. Pamela Anderson is a has been sex goddess and with a role like Barb Wire, studio executives knew how to exploit that to their advantage. Unfortunately, Barb Wire is a piece of trash with nothing going for it. The plot is paper thin, and is virtually nonexistent. Barb Wire is a definite miss!
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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