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  • Actors: Pamela Anderson, Amir Aboulela, Adriana Alexander, David Andriole, Vanessa Lee Asher
  • Directors: David Hogan
  • Writers: Chris Warner, Chuck Pfarrer, Ilene Chaiken
  • Producers: Brad Wyman, Dennis Brody, Mike Richardson, Peter Heller
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: USA (Universal)
  • VHS Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304124279
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,111 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Remember the old days, when Pamela Anderson Lee was still just a Playboy Playmate turned Baywatch babe? You know--back before the bootleg release of her infamous home video with then-husband and ne'er-do-well rocker Tommy Lee, at which time the whole world got to compare Pam's barely adequate acting chops with her formidable skill at fellatio? Yes, those were the days (1996, to be exact), when a movie like Barb Wire represented dubious progress for the busty blonde, who was determined to make as big a splash on the big-screen as she did in the world's most popular syndicated TV series. Set in the year 2017 when the Second Civil War is in full force, this sci-fi action thriller stars Pam in the title role--a leather-clad biker babe ("don't call me babe," she warns) who runs a nightclub in the last free city in America. The rest of country is controlled by the "Congressional Directorate," a dictatorial superpower which suspects Barb of trafficking in black-market contraband. That gets her into plenty of trouble (and a lot of cleavage-revealing costumes), and ... well, if any of this sounds even vaguely familiar, it's because this comic book-inspired movie is really just a shamelessly breast-enhanced variation on Casablanca, with Pam Anderson in the Bogart role. Taken for what it is, it's a brazen folly with action to spare, and as guilty pleasures go it's surprisingly enjoyable. What--you were expecting Oscar material? --Jeff Shannon

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach on Nov. 3 2003
Format: DVD
The 1996 Pamela Anderson vehicle "Barb Wire," her supposedly logical transition to superstardom on the silver screen, bombed at the box office. The vivacious blonde bounced back, of course, but the verbal jabs directed at this vanity picture must have hurt on some level. What I don't understand after I recently viewed this film is why so many people bashed it. Perhaps it concerned one of those overexposed celebrity issues, that people wanted to see her fail after seeing her so often in the tabloids and on television. I know I cannot stand the sycophantic blather about celebrities, so seeing one of the anointed crash and burn every now and then provides some comfort. But in the case of "Barb Wire," I think a reassessment is at hand. This movie is far from objectionable when viewed within the context of its genre: "Barb Wire" essentially falls into the post-apocalyptic genre, a cinematic category in which most entries are extremely low budget potboilers that appeal to a male fan base. The emphasis in these types of movies is on special effects, quirky ideas, and beautiful women. "Barb Wire" meets all of these criteria quite nicely. It looks like director David Hogan had a hefty budget to play around with, and he certainly put the money in the right places as well: "Barb Wire" sports lots of big explosions and copious gunplay.
Pamela Anderson plays Barbara Kopetski, known as Barb Wire to her clientele at the Hammerhead Inn in Steel Harbor, who is a former soldier working as a bar owner when she isn't out bounty hunting. The year is 2017 and America is in the throes of a second civil war, with Steel Harbor the only "free city" left in the United States.
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Format: DVD
Barb Wire is a movie about a chick in war torn America who just wants to run her club and do the occasional bounty hunter work. The movie opens in a strip club where Barb (Anderson) is stripping on a swing while being hosed down (Do we have your attention yet?). After a killing a man with her spiked heel for calling her babe, we get her catch phrase (cuz every comic book hero has one) "Don't call me babe". Things are crazy in her world aparently because her club, which seems to be a mix of a leather/fetish club and Motley Crue concert, is the only one left that is a place for people to go and be themselves. Barb spends her days protecting her blinde brother, played by Jack Noseworthy, and her nights either fighting crime (in black leather and 7 inch high heeled boots) or running her club. She gets mixed up in a plot involving the government and a group of rebels (who used to be her friends before they left her and her brother on the battlefield to die). The rebel group is trying to help a doctor escape to Canada, and the government wants to catch her and get the information she has in her head. In order to get her out of the country, the rebel group needs a pair of retina disguising contacts to help the good doctor get thru an eye scan at the airport. Barb must find the people who have them, get them and decide if she wants to give them to the rebels and fight the power or be a "good girl" and give them to the government. Which do you think she'll chose?
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By A Customer on July 24 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Barb Wire has nowhere near the class or entertainment value ofsome other "post apocalyptic" genre films like "TheRoad Warrior". I found it to be mediocre at best. In fact the ONLY redeeming value of this film are the substantial physical assets (and substantial they are) contributed by Ms. Anderson Lee particularly in the opening 5 minutes. After that I might as well have gone to sleep. The film concept had potential and the "Casablanca" adaptation was a good idea. There were some moments when the story had a chance for some interesting twists but it never quite worked. Ultimately, the whole thing came crashing down because of dreadful acting, lame dialogue and a completely transparent story line. Outside of Pam's gratuitous flashing this movie was just plain dull. Anyone interested in seeing Pam's body should just refer to Playboy. If you want a good action, "good vs. evil" popcorn movie, there are many, MANY more better than "Barb Wire".
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By A Customer on April 6 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Plotless, pointless, pathetic. The only reason I gave it one star is because it's the minimum rating the form would allow. Pamela Anderson can't act, and the fact that she's trying to act "tough" just makes her look even worse. For some reason her voice never goes above a whisper (i guess to make her seem tough/sexy) and this gets really annoying. Guys, wake up! She simply is NOT THAT ATTRACTIVE! However the movie does provide a great party drinking game - drink every time someone gets a "Retinal Eye Scan". It is obvious that this electronic prop costed them a bundle because they use it about every five minutes! Bad acting, lame story, BAD choice of main character. If you want Pamela Anderson then you're better off just getting that stupid porno that she made.
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Format: DVD
If it wasn't for her silicone-enhancements, Pamela "Don't-call-me-a-babe" Anderson probably wouldn't be in this movie... but consider where the story came from, a comic-book, and that just about explains it all. Taken as just that, the movie is okay, and features the requisite T&A, "good cop turned bad cop turned good cop", loss of a loved one, etc. etc. The parody elements are especially funny, especially since they consider the Canadian currency valuable, and actually staged an Air Canada airplane! Maybe American viewers may not understand parody humour but hey, dammit, Pam's a Canadian! All in all, not Oscar material, but not bad for those times when you just want something to pass your time... like a comic book.
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