Bird on a Wire

1990

Action / Comedy

23
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 32%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 34254

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Goldie Hawn as Marianne Graves
Mel Gibson as Rick Jarmin
David Carradine as Eugene Sorenson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Mel and Goldie on the run

Bird On A Wire has lawyer Goldie Hawn accidentally discovering the man who left her at the altar working as a garage mechanic in a Detroit garage where Mel has adopted a really cheesy southern accent. Of course she wants an explanation.

What Goldie isn't ready to swallow is that Mel has been in witness protection after infiltrating and then giving testimony against drug kingpin David Carradine. Carradine is out after 15 years and looking for payback. He's got a nasty associate in Bill Duke and a corrupt FBI agent Stephen Tobolowsky helping.

Mel and Goldie work well together in this chase film bearing some resemblance to The 39 Steps. I'm surprised she did not do this with Kurt Russell, seems like a natural for Hollywood's most famous unmarried couple. Some resemblance to the Clint Eastwood classic The Gauntlet will be apparent as well.

The climax takes place in a zoo which was another of Gibson's witness protection jobs. The animals are of great help to our fleeing couple.

A must for fans of the two stars.

Reviewed by slightlymad22 7 / 10

I Love Goldie Hawns Ass

Continuing my plan to watch every Mel Gibson movie in order, I come to 1990's Bird On A Wire.

Plot In A Paragraph: Rick (Gibson) helped convict a drug-dealing FBI agent, and was placed in the witness protection program. Fifteen years later his former fiancée Marianne (Goldie Hawn) crosses paths with him at a gas station, and before you know it, goons show up to kill him, and the two former lovers go on the run.

Slated by critics upon release, I have a real soft spot for this movie. OK some of the things wouldn't fly today (Gibson's gay hairdresser for example) and Goldie Hawn has been remaking the same movie over and over since Foul Play. But I do like it. Most of it is down to the two leads. The movie pretty much let's Gibson do his own thing, and he seemed to be having fun, but at times he does come off as a bit of a jerk!! At his best here, he is a bit of a watered down Riggs!! Hell his pose on the poster/DVD cover is almost identical to the one on Lethal Weapon 2. As for Hawn, she looked great!! I'm of the opinion that Goldie Hawn got more and more attractive as she got older, peaking in the Bird On A Wire and HouseSitter era. She handles all her action scenes, romantic scenes and comedy scenes wonderfully!! And man what an ass!! I love it.

I also like John Badham as a director, he has directed more than a few movies that I love!!

I'm of the opinion that it was solely the star power of Gibson (and of course Hawn) that made the movie a hit, as it grossed $70 million at the domestic box office to finish the year the 16th highest grossing movie of 1990!! A head of Rocky V, Godfather 3, Goodfells and Edward Scissorhands despite some truly awful reviews!! Including one that said "Bird On A Wire fails on every level"

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

forced situation

Marianne Graves (Goldie Hawn) is a tough lawyer. Passing through Detroit, she runs into mechanic Billy Ray who looks exactly like her fiancé Rick Jarmin (Mel Gibson). Only Rick died in a plane crash 15 years ago. Rick is actually in witness protection and calls into the FBI to find his case handler gone. He had put away corrupt drug-dealing DEA agent Eugene Sorenson (David Carradine) who is now out on parole. Agent Joe Weyburn (Stephen Tobolowsky) schemes to get his new identity and location. Sorenson and his partner Albert Diggs (Bill Duke) almost kill him before Marianne comes to the rescue. The police are after them for the gas station owner's death and so do the bad guys.

The situation is forced. Rick should have revealed his story sooner to Marianne. She most certainly walks away from him especially with their initial fighting. The police are after them with the flimsiest of evidence. The setup isn't very believable. There was a whole trial but apparently, one mouse click will erase everything. The movie is caught between the broadest of comedy and the biggest of action. I'm willing to live with all of it but the fake gay hairdresser is bad. The zoo is a weird place to go for the climax. The most notable thing about this action comedy is the title song.

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