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?
PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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MCA Universal Home Video

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

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

Fun caper romp with charismatic stars Mel and Goldie.

June 14, 2005

A witless and insulting action comedy.

December 3, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Mel and Goldie snap, crackle and pop together

April 26, 2003

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Entertainment Weekly
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April 6, 2008

Audience Reviews for Bird on a Wire

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

Tim Salmons
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
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Hawn cheatin' on Russell?

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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