Bird On A Wire

Synopsis: Rick has been given a new identity by the FBI for helping convict a drug dealing FBI agent. Fifteen years later his former fiance recognises him. Rick's FBI 'minder' has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him. There are many subsequent chase scenes as Rick and girlfriend revisit his former haunts.
Genre: Action, Comedy
Director(s): John Badham
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

My good brother.

That"s it? No suitcase?

Let"s just get out of here.

Don"t smoke in the car.

- Afternoon, Miss Graves. Welcome.

- Hello.

- Hi.

- Nice to see you.

- Shall I take your coat?

- No, thanks. L"m not staying.

Brad, Dex, sorry I can"t stay for lunch.

I have a board meeting in Detroit.

This won"t take long.

Nothing for me.

No, maybe l"II have a Diet Coke.

Make that Evian water, please.

l"II have San Pellegrino water. No ice.

Here"s the deal. There"s no deal.

- My client balked.

- What do you mean?

- She thinks her company"s worth more.

- She thinks or you think?

On second thought, that looks interesting.

- Just tell us what you want and don"t say...

- Smoked chicken?

l"ve got to make a phone call.

It"s just us here. What are you looking for?

l"m looking for a world of fair play...

...where corporate big guys

don"t always get their way.

Still beating up on your ex-husband?

You"re gonna pay for that one.

Who"s her husband?

Me and my big mouth.


Don"t call me Pookie.

Sorry. I just meant to be affectionate.

What"s the matter?

Nothing. I'm just in a meeting

and I don't have a lot of time.

Remember when you said you wanted

to have sex with me in a weird place?

How about Detroit?

Too kinky. Anyway, they"re installing

my big screen on Sunday...

...and I have the Mile High Mall

presentation in Denver next week.

- What will I do by myself in Detroit?

- Buy a Chevy. Prove you"re American.

I don"t love you, and I won"t miss you.

Call me when you get there.


Mr. Sorenson and Mr. Diggs.

Go right in. Enjoy the party.

Thank you very much.

It will be taken care of.

It"s my pleasure.

What happened, Boss?

Did they go for it? They"re crazy not to.

What do these Colombians want?

It"s foolproof!

We got all the customs agents,

the border guards. Everything"s in place!

We"ve got a little problem.

A cloud over us.

The cartel"s made an offer of $50 million.

It will be on the table for 30 days

if we can make this little problem go away.

Jarmin. They know about Jarmin, right?

It"s time to finish it.

We"ve got to find him and take him out.

Easier said than done.

We"II do it ourselves this time.

Make sure it gets done right.

Lovely day.

But we have a little cloud to blow away.

Closing down, Billy Ray.

Nobody driving

in this bad weather tonight.

Why don"t you give up on that tank,

come on over to the house for dinner?

It"s no good you being alone so much.

Been in town three months,

you haven"t made one friend.

At least none that l"ve seen.

Why don"t you wash up,

come and meet the missus tonight?

Hear me?

l"m gonna turn down this radio.

You gone to sleep under there?

God! Help me, Marvin!

Help me! Pull me out!

Get me out of here!

- Hold on!

- Help me.

Get me out!

Goddamn it!

Get this off of me!

What am I gonna do with no legs?

Look at you!

Something wrong with your brain?

l"m sorry. I gotta do something

to break up the monotony around here.

You"re bored?

l"m bored as hell. Don"t take it personal.

l"m just a restless guy.

That"s the kind of guy I am.

That"s why I travel around so much.

I get it from my daddy. He"s a traveling

salesman. Sold hairbrushes in Kentucky.

Thought you said your dad raised hogs

in Tennessee.

He raised hogs and he sold hairbrushes.

You"II bullshit at the drop of a hat.

You can"t say you never pulled

anybody"s leg before.

l"II get it.

Thank you for that dinner invitation.

- May I help you, ma"am?

- Unleaded, please.

- Hey, is that WJB on the radio?

- I have no idea.

Yep, that"s what it is. That"s a "60s station.

I listen to that one all day.

You know what they say about the "60s,

don"t you?

If you can remember them,

you wasn"t there.

- Want me to check under the hood?

- No. It"s rented.

You come to Detroit

and you rent a Beemer?

That"s like going to Germany

and eating Jimmy Dean sausages.

In Tennessee, where I was born,

I never saw cars like this.

I was 22 before

I knew foreigners made cars.

Are you from Tennessee?

- Yes, ma"am, l"m a Southern boy.

- What"s your name?

Billy Ray.

Named after both the scoundrels my mama

thought might have been my daddy.

Is that cash or card, ma"am?


Beg your pardon?

- Will MasterCard do?

- Just fine.

- You remind me of someone a lot.

- I do?

Yeah, a boy. A man.

Named Rick Jarmin.

His plane went down in Mexico.

Fifteen years ago.

- I never went to Mexico, but...

- You laugh like him.

- I didn"t mean to.

- You look like him.

I don"t know what to tell you.

Want to sign that?

You have a nice day.

- Billy Ray?

- Ma"am?

Do you have a tattoo?

Tattoo? No.

Your upper right arm. A dove.

I don"t have a tattoo.

l"m not leaving till you show me.

I hope nobody"s looking. There. Satisfied?

Right arm.

I got some shrapnel in Vietnam.

It"s down my side. Want to see it?

l"m sorry. My friend

would have never been in that war.

Meaning what?

He was very much against killing.

I'd like to help you, sir,

but Offiicer Baird is retired.

That"s not possible!

He wouldn"t retire without telling me.

He"s been handling my case

for the last 15 years.

Give me your current name and ID, and

l"II connect you with your new case officer.

With all due respect,

I don't know who the hell you are.

If I give you my name and number,

you"II know everything.

- Hold, please.

- No, hang on. Damn it! Hello?

Excuse me.

That call you've been waiting for?

He's on the line.

He won't give me his current name

or location. He wants Lou Baird.

Rick? How you doing?

This is Joe Weyburn. Remember me?

I set you up at that photo lab in Cleveland.

Was it 1978? No, 1979.

I don"t remember you.

You know us FBI guys all look alike.

You are one rolling stone, aren"t you?

Where are you now, Rick?

Where"s Lou? He would have told me

he was retiring.

- Why didn't he do that?

- To tell you the truth, he lost you.

- He lost me?

- Yeah.

That's why we put him out to pasture,

why I'm on the case.

Where is he? Where did he retire to?

Where did he retire to?

He once gave me a number.

His sister"s place in St. Louis.

He used to go there on vacations.

Is that where he is? Am I getting warm?

He"s out of the picture.

Are you in some kind of trouble?

Not at all. Where"s Sorenson?

Still safely in jail as far as I know.

Nothing to worry about.

He"s never getting out!

His partner?

- Diggs?

- Yeah.

Unless he"s made another pass at you...

...he"s probably got his drug money

living the good life in South America.

- We have no idea where he is.

- That"s a relief.

So what is it...

...relocation time?

I guess. Where can you put me?

Where are you now?

And what name are you using?

Come on, I'm just trying to do my job.

Bowers, Billy Ray.

I live above Marvin"s Motown Motors.

Did you get that? I'm not repeating it.

Somebody recognized me.

I want to get out before they come back.


Two days.

Two days?

Hang on and we"II have somebody

come in and get you.

Okay, l"II be hanging.

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David Seltzer

David Seltzer (born February 2, 1940) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for The Omen (1976) and Bird on a Wire (1990). As writer-director, Seltzer's credits include the 1986 teen tragi-comedy Lucas starring Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder, the 1988 comedy Punchline starring Sally Field and Tom Hanks, and 1992's Shining Through starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas. more…

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