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->''"You come to Detroit and you rent a Beamer? That's like going to Germany and eating Jimmy Dean sausages!"''
-->-- '''Rick Jarmin'''

''Bird on a Wire'' is a 1990 comedy film starring Creator/MelGibson and Creator/GoldieHawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria BC's [[FriendlyLocalChinatown Chinatown]], in Fan Tan Alley.

!! This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The "DETROIT TO RACINE" ferry. Putting aside the [[CaliforniaDoubling actual location of the shoot]], Detroit is on the wrong side of Michigan for such a ferry to even be practical, while Racine doesn't even have a dock capable of handling such a ferry.
%%* ConvenientEscapeBoat
%%* DamselInDistress: Marianne Graves.
%%* DirtyCop: Sorenson and Diggs.
* DutchAngle: The movie makes use of them particularly during action sequences.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* {{Fanservice}}: Both stars exhibit their behinds at different points.
* RoomDisservice: Attempted, but failed thanks to Rick being smart enough to be suspicious.
%%* ScreamingWoman: Marianne.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rick Jarmin
* NoOSHACompliance: The zoo in which the final battle takes place. Let's count the ways: 1) Mixing leopards and tigers in the same space. 2) putting chimpanzees and baboons in the same habitat then 3) allowing aforementioned leopards and tigers access to the monkey habitat 4) also, crocodiles and snakes and 5) rickety bridge/ledge that connects with 6) unsecured artificial waterfall that fills artificial lake filled with 6) wholly natural piranhas!
** At least the rickety bridge was not intended for human use; but it may be dangerous for the animals as well.
%%* SceneryPorn: The ferry ride.
%%* ShotInTheAss
* ShoutOut: Fan Tan Alley, where the motorcycle chase takes place, is actually referred to by the pursuers as Fan Tan Alley.
%%* SkirtsAndLadders
* TitledAfterTheSong: The title refers to the Music/LeonardCohen song "Bird on the Wire".
* [[CaliforniaDoubling Vancouver Doubling]] (and ''Victoria'' doubling).
* WitnessProtection: The film starts with Rick's cover being blown by his ex-girlfriend. After 15 years of hiding and several different identities. The title means that if he touches any of his previous lives, he may die like a bird that touches two live wires.