- Adaptation Displacement: Even in 1996, no one but the most ardent comic book fans knew the comic book Barb Wire existed — or even Babe, to which the comic was a Take That! to, either.
- Awesome Moments: The final fight scene between Pryzer and Barb, despite the rest of the movie, is actually a very good action scene.
- Awesome Music:
- The opening sequence makes fantastic use of a cover version of "Word Up!" done by Scottish rock band Gun. In this opening sequence, both the song and (read: Combined with) the use of large breasts make one of the few redeeming things about this movie.
- Tommy Lee's "Planet Boom" during the end credits.
- "Don't Call Me Babe" by Shampoo, from the soundtrack album.
- Best Known For The Fan Service: The aforementioned opening credits sequence, which features Pamela Anderson dancing in a rubber dress with her breasts hanging out while being sprayed with water, is one of the few scenes from the film that people actually remember. The home video release of the film even included an after-credits bonus feature of additional footage of Pamela dancing.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Because of Gramercy screwing Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie to put their weight behind this film, it's odd to note that one scene has a character tries to kill the heroes with a forklift.
- At several points through the film, characters demand payment in Canadian money, since the USA's economy is in the toilet. The Loonie actually did outstrip the greenback for a little while in 2008.
- One scene has the bad guys viewing the memories of one of their fallen comrades. The Nostalgia Critic wondered how that's even possible. A few years later, ABC Family launched a series called Stitchers that's based around that exact idea.
- Retroactive Recognition: Yup, that's Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison).
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: Did we mention this movie is a Whole Plot Reference to Casablanca?
- They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The film fell victim to this when critics (and later The Nostalgia Critic) made the connection to Casablanca. Played with in Siskel & Ebert, where Roger Ebert asked Gene Siskel if he didn't at least enjoy seeing how they tried shoehorning Casablanca plot into the film.
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