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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bird On A Wire (1990)

A man (Mel Gibson) in the witness protection program finds his new identity compromised when an ex-girlfriend (Goldie Hawn) accidentally runs into him. Things go from bad to worse when the man (David Carradine) he helped convict is released from prison and determined to get revenge with the assistance of a corrupt FBI agent (Stephen Tobolowsky). Directed by John Badham (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER), this comedic action/thriller is the kind of movie deal whipped up by movie studios and talent agencies. Get two box office stars, stick them in a high profile guns and chase movie and the fill up the seats! The movie isn't bad, just average but its appeal rests heavily (too heavily) on one's appreciation of the two leads. Hawn and a pre-jerk Gibson are doing star turns here and if you're a fan, you'll have a good time. If you're not, look elsewhere. The film runs about 20 minutes too long and I wouldn't have minded if the distasteful "gay" sequence with Gibson playing gay for laughs among a group of stereotypical queens had been shortened or even eliminated altogether. But the big zoo finale is impressive. With Bill Duke and Jeff Corey.

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