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Product Details

  • 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: #20,825 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Product Description


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

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
Wow. Now this is not good. However, the movie sets its level right away, by having a stripping, dancing wet Barb (Anderson) already in the introduction of the movie. So, there you have what this movie is all about. Sure you get some violence, explosions and bad costumes as a bonus. Clearly, there is no relevant story in the movie, all revolves around (Barb) to show her off in different ways. The mentioned costumes are almost offending to the audience. Whoever responsible for them clearly did not work very hard. Barb competes with herself to wear some leather-thing that shows off as much as possible, but actually must be considered well dressed as compared to other ladies. The villains wear something that bear a striking resemblance to nazi-uniforms. Well sure, we know who's the bad guys, thank you. And some other people wear broken calculators and other piece of machinery that you'll find in a scrap-heap as hats, and are automatically dressed up like guys from the future. If it was this easy to make a good movie, I could have made it myself. Fortunately it is not, and Barb Wire is not a good movie.
But, and this is a mysterious but, I actually didn't get bored out of my mind and switched off. The movie actually, in some way, had some small piece of entertainment value throughout that made me stay. And that something, whatever it was, is what ultimately saves the movie from being complete junk.
So, if you have absolutely nothing else to do, you may want to watch this one, once. You may get some ideas how to (or not to) dress for the next masquerade.
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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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By A Customer on March 2 2003
Format: VHS Tape
An adventure movie starring Pamela Anderson, sometimes clothed in little more than a bubble bath? This has got to be a trick-question right? From the sound of it, you'd think that reviews of this flick would tell you that the movie has a surprise to it - that there's something here besides Anderson's unbelievable body and the hopelessly clueless villains and even side-kicks who must be reminded not to call our heroine a "babe"; that the plot holds at least as many surprises as "Casablanca" which it shamelessly rips off from; and that it's either fully concious of its ludicrousness and manages to either highlight the humour or untapped drama of the situation.
Instead, this flick seems to spend most of its time reminding you how little there is to it - the villains wouldn't last a second in a decent movie - while taking itself incredibly seriously. As everybody knows, this flick riffs on "Casablanca" about a wartime resistance leader's efforts to escape Nazi occupation for America. In "Barb Wire", the resistance leaders are trying to escape a fascist America for free-Europe, though it looks like they'll be happy just to escape this movie. The stunts are painfully unspectacular, the script and supporting characters (especially a black-market kingpin meant to suggest the amiably corpulent Sidney GreenStreet) agonizingly unfunny and its vision of a fascist America seem redolent in its hypocrisy given that this flick seems to cater to a fascist mentaity of its own (characters who don't rise from their archetypes; violence, objectification of women - no matter how much power they seem to have).
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