Barb Wire (1996)

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During the Second American Civil War in 2017, Barb Wire owns a nightclub called the Hammerhead. Things become complicated when her ex-lover Axel Hood, who is married to the fugitive Corrina Devonshire, re-enters her life.

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20 July 2001 | chrisbrown6453
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| Feed her after midnight, get her wet, but, whatever you do, don't call her "Babe"!
Pamela Anderson Lee will certainly never be mistaken for a talking pig, especially in the outfits she gets to wear in Barb Wire. Pamela has cascading blonde hair down to there, acres of cleavage and plenty of clingy leather getups cut up to here. If you get distracted and call Ms. Wire the dreaded "B" word, you may find yourself dealing with her nasty-tempered Rottweiler, Camille, a sidekick with bite. This highly anticipated comic-book action/adventure, starring the pinup star of Baywatch, lasted only a short time in theaters before going bust, so to speak. I'm sure the backers couldn't care less, as their investment was made back in advance by tremendous worldwide sales. Barb Wire was sold on the star's face and form long before there was a story concept or anything resembling a script. Good thing, too. Yes, the futuristic plot does bear some parallels to Casablanca, but the family resemblance is strictly skin-deep. Barb is a nightclub owner who helps an old flame, now a freedom fighter, and his wife escape from a corrupt police official and some neo-Nazi types. Of all the gin joints in the world, Axel had to walk into Barb's. Barb has just been hosed down while performing a torrid dance onstage and is feeling, well, charitable. The movie gets off to a pretty good start, with tongue well in cheek, but grows wearisome when it forgets to laugh at itself. The explosions, shoot-outs and chases are eventually numbing. Must say, however, I did love the death-by-spike-heel scene which comes early on. Steve Railsback, as the head meanie, Colonel Pryzer, comes across as Tommy Lee Jones-lite. Ms. Anderson Lee, as Barb the Buxom, is game, however, firing oversized weapons and kicking fanny without mussing her makeup. Too bad they couldn't afford some better wigs for her stunt doubles.

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Trivia

Adam Rifkin was replaced as director with the less experienced David Hogan after producers decided early dailies were "Unsatisfactory".


Quotes

Colonel Pryzer: Now, where is Dr. Corrina Devonshire?
Woman in Torture Room: She's going to Steel Harbor, the free city.
Colonel Pryzer: Do you mind telling me why Cora D. is going to Steel Harbor?
Woman in Torture Room: She's meeting members of the Resistance. They're giving her the retinal lenses, helping her out of the ...
Colonel Pryzer: ...


Goofs

When Barb goes to see Big Fatso with the lenses, she's got three ammo belts over her shoulders. The one over her right shoulder is under the two that are over her left shoulder meaning that she'd have to take off the two that are over her left shoulder before being able to take off the one that's over her right shoulder. Then Willis arrives with the Congressionals and he tells her to drop her weapons. When he tells her this, the ammo belts have switched places. The one that was over her right shoulder which used to be under the other two ammo belts is now over the other two ammo belts. Then in the next shot, as she's dropping her weapons, the ammo belts return to where they originally were.


Crazy Credits

The opening credit sequence is one of the most famous in exploitation film history as Barb does a topless wet and wild dance as the credits roll.


Alternate Versions

Unrated version is slightly longer, where Pamela Anderson Lee is partially topless during the opening credits. Several of the partially topless scenes are taken from the "sexy outtakes" extra scene and re-edited into the opening credits.


Soundtracks

Don't Call Me Babe
Written by Con Fitzgerald,
Carrie Askew (as Caroline Askew) and Jacqueline Blake
Performed by Shampoo
Courtesy of Food Ltd.
Under exclusive license to EMI Records U.K. Ltd.

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