The 1990 film features Gibson as an FBI informant who has been in witness protection for fifteen years. He’s forced to go on the run with his old girlfriend (Hawn) – when a pair of bad guys (David Carradine and Bill Duke) discover where he’s hiding. Sparks and bullets fly.
It’s light and frothy, but Bird On A Wire features some great stunts and actions sequences and Mel and Goldie have great chemistry. It has has an energetic early score from Hans Zimmer. It’s no masterpiece – but it is great Saturday night entertainment.
This photograph was taken during the filming of Bird On A Wire‘s ’70s set flashback sequences. Goldie Hawn was reluctant to film on the rollercoaster, so she was replaced by her stand-in in certain shots (the lady beside a mustachioed Gibson). Ultimately, Hawn agreed to ride the rollercoaster and she filmed the sequence.
Released in 1990, Bird On A Wire grossed $70.9 million at the US box office and $138.6 million globally.