Bird on a Wire
Bird on a Wire
Directed By John Badham
Written By Louis Venosta, David Seltzer
Cast Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Bill Duke, David Carradine
Produced By Rob Cohen
Film Editing By Frank Morriss, Dallas Puett
Cinematography By Robert Primes
Music By Hans Zimmer

Interscope Communications, The Badham/Cohen Group





Release Date

May 18, 1990


110 Minutes

Rating PG-13
Distributed By

Universal Pictures

Budget $20,000,000
Gross $138,697,012


15 years after she buried her fiancee, Rick Jarmin and mourned his unexpected death; cutthroat New York attorney Marianne Graves runs into a gas station attendant who is the spitting image of him. There's a reason for that. Jarmin's still alive, just under Witness Protection after he testified against a crooked drug dealing FBI agent Eugene Sorenson.

Her timing could not be worse ... or better. Because Sorenson has just been released from prison and he's out looking for Rick ... and a little bit of revenge. Using his former FBI contacts to track him down and erase his records from the system, the authorities are convinced Rick has been dead for years and his current identity is smeared as a murderer thanks to Sorenson; Rick is in dire need of someone trustworthy and has no one to turn to.

No one except for Marianne and a list of offbeat characters and eccentric associates that he developed during his time in Witness Protection. His only hope is his old FBI contact, now retired who might have his old files which Rick can use to prove his story. But is his greatest enemy Sorenson or Marianne's blundering attempts to help?


  • Mel Gibson as Rick Jarmin
  • Goldie Hawn as Marianne Graves
  • David Carradine as Eugene Sorenson
  • Bill Duke as Albert Diggs
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Joe Weyburn
  • Joan Severance as Rachel Varney
  • Jeff Corey as Lou Baird