World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Bird on a Wire (film)

Article Id: WHEBN0004213204
Reproduction Date:

Title: Bird on a Wire (film)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Victoria, British Columbia, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, The Neville Brothers, 1990 in film, 2006 in film, Bowen Island, BC Ferries, David Carradine, Christopher Judge
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Bird on a Wire (film)

Bird on a Wire
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Badham
Produced by Rob Cohen
Written by Louis Venosta
David Seltzer
Starring Mel Gibson
Goldie Hawn
David Carradine
Bill Duke
Stephen Tobolowsky
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Robert Primes
Edited by Frank Morriss
Dallas Puett
Production
company
Interscope Communications
The Badham/Cohen Group
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates May 18, 1990
Running time 110 minutes
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $138,697,012

Bird on a Wire is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada.[1] The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song "Bird on the Wire". The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria, BC's Chinatown, in Fan Tan Alley.

Plot

Rick Jarmin (Mel Gibson) helped convict a drug-dealing FBI agent named Eugene Sorenson (David Carradine) and was placed in the witness protection program. Fifteen years later his former fiancée Marianne Graves (Goldie Hawn) crosses paths with him at a gas station in Detroit, Michigan. Rick refuses to recognize Marianne as the witness protection program does not allow contact with people from the witness' previous life. If she recognizes him it may lead to Sorenson finding and killing him.

Sorenson has been let out of jail after serving his sentence, and with his partner Albert Diggs (Bill Duke) they are out to kill Rick in order to smooth the passage of their latest deal with drug dealers. Marianne has blown Rick's cover and he makes a frantic call to his relocation officer for a new identity, only to discover that his old contact has retired and is later revealed to have Alzheimer's.

His new contact is Joe Weyburn (Stephen Tobolowsky), a dirty cop in league with Diggs and Sorenson. Just as Marianne prepares to confront Rick they are surprised by Sorenson and Diggs, who show up at the gas station with guns blazing.

They shoot Rick's kindly old boss at the gas station, pinning the murder on Rick and Marianne, and Rick is shot in the buttocks. A witness sees them and her rental car, a blue BMW, and they are forced to go on the run, which occupies most of the movie, during which they revisit some of Rick's former life-in-hiding, including a beauty salon where he was a star employee, an old flame of a veterinarian who still wants to marry him, who owns an animal farm and operates on the wound in his behind, in her operating room.

The climax of the film takes place at night in a zoo where Rick used to work and knows his way around. He releases the various large cats and other animals from their cages, and these and crocodiles and piranhas complicate the pitched battle with Sorenson, Albert Diggs and their men, who meet various ends. At the end Rick is suspended over a large cat in a pit and Marianne can't quite reach him. He offers her the extra incentive of marriage and children, which does the trick. To tease her afterwards, he pretends to back out of his promise, but the next scene shows them boating in the Caribbean, and their repartee suggests that they have tied the knot.

Cast

Reception

The movie gained a mixed to negative reception.[2][3][4][5] Bird on a Wire currently holds a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.

Box office

Bird on a Wire debuted at #1 at the box office.[6] The film went on to gross over $138.6 million worldwide.

References

  1. ^ Thompson-Nicola Film Commission
  2. ^ "Bird on a Wire". Variety. 1989-12-31. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Bird on a Wire". Washington Post. 1990-05-18. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Bird on a Wire". Entertainment Weekly. 1990-05-18. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Bird on a Wire". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  6. ^ Broeske, Pat (1990-06-04). "Total Recall' Totally Dominates Box Office Movies: Film starring Schwarzenegger posts one of the top 10 biggest three-day openings ever". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.