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Rick Jarmin (Gibson) is put in witness protection after he helps the FBI bust drug dealer Eugene Sorenson (Creator/DavidCarradine). Fifteen years later, he is living with a new identity as a gas station attendant in Detroit. When his old girlfriend Marianne Graves (Hawn) stops at the gas station and recognizes him, his cover gets blown. The recently released Sorenson finds out, and both Rick and Marianne have to flee across the country with the vengeful Sorenson in hot pursuit.


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* DutchAngle: The movie makes use of them particularly during action sequences.


''Bird on a Wire'' is a 1990 feature 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.

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''Bird on a Wire'' is a 1990 feature 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.


* RoomDisservice: Attempted, but failed thanks to Rick being GenreSavvy enough to be suspicious.

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* RoomDisservice: Attempted, but failed thanks to Rick being GenreSavvy smart enough to be suspicious.


* HeyItsThatPlace: The ferry is obviously a BC Ferry, markings aside, to anyone familiar with the BC Ferry system. The scenery during the ferry ride will also be very familiar to habitual BC Ferry riders.
** The scenes in Victoria, especially Fan Tan Alley.
** The chasing motorcycle cop radios he's in pursuit through Fan Tan Alley.


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* DamselInDistress: Marianne Graves.
* DirtyCop: Sorenson and Diggs.
* EarnYourHappyEnding

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* ScreamingWoman: Marianne.

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* %%* ScreamingWoman: Marianne.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rick Jarmin

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* %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rick Jarmin



* SceneryPorn: The ferry ride.
* ShotInTheAss

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* %%* SceneryPorn: The ferry ride.
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* SkirtsAndLadders

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* 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.


* DirtyCop: Sorenson and Driggs.

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* DirtyCop: Sorenson and Driggs.Diggs.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Both stars exhibit their behinds at different points.


'''Bird on a Wire''' is a 1990 feature film starring Creator/MelGibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the LeonardCohen song "Bird on the Wire". The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria BC's [[FriendlyLocalChinatown Chinatown]], in Fan Tan Alley.

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'''Bird ''Bird on a Wire''' Wire'' is a 1990 feature film starring Creator/MelGibson and Goldie Hawn, Creator/GoldieHawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the LeonardCohen song "Bird on the Wire".Canada. The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria BC's [[FriendlyLocalChinatown Chinatown]], in Fan Tan Alley.



* [[CaliforniaDoubling Vancouver Doubling]] (and ''Victoria'' doubling).

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* TitledAfterTheSong: The title refers to the Music/LeonardCohen song "Bird on the Wire".
* [[CaliforniaDoubling Vancouver Doubling]] (and ''Victoria'' doubling).doubling).
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**At least the rickety bridge was not intended for human use; but it may be dangerous for the animals as well.


* 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.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: the 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.



* DamselInDistress: Marianne Graves.



* DistressedDamsel: Marianne Graves



* 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!

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* NoOshaCompliance: 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!

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* 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.

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* 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!

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