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Entertainment I III III I ::::!:::::::::: iii!ili!iiiii !!;!i!::!i!i!iii .:+:+:,:,: +:+::+: i!ii!iUiiiiii =+=+:&lt; ::::2:':::: !!ii!iiili!ii !!!i!i!iii!ii m iii!Dl iiiNi ii::! +:q>:.:< iiiiiiiiiiii!i :2::::::::::: iiiN t __ _ 8.1990 'Bird on a Wire' is a thriller with screwball comedy By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS} -- "Bird on a Wire" (Universal} is a romantic comedy wrapped in a slam-bang chase thriller about a government witness and his one-time sweetheart running from two ruthless killers. After fingering a drug ring, Rick (Mel Gibson) has been liv- ing under the federal witness protection program, changing names and locations whenever people ask too many questions about his bogus identity. By chance Rick is sighted by Marianne {Goldie Hawn}, his college sweetheart who had at- tended his faked funeral 15 years earlier. He puts her off with a phony story but still calls the feds to take him to another part of the country and a new identity. An FBI agent who takes his call tips the drug lords to Rick's location and two thugs (David Carradine and Bill Duke) arrive to rub him out. He escapes in Marianne's car and for the rest of the movie, the two run, not only from the killers but also from police who mistakenly want Rick for murder and Marianne as his accomplice. Their goal is to reach the now retired FBI operative {Jeff Cor- ey} who set up Rick's previous identities so he can call off the police and nab the bad guys. Dodging bullets along the way, they visit friends from his past covers when he worked in a hairdressing salon, an animal hospital and, finally, a zoo -- where the climactic showdown takes place in a spectacular tropical animal house. Director John Badham main- tains the air of a screwball romantic comedy throughout the desperate proceedings and special-effects violence -- gun battles, explosions, demolition- derby car chases, on a ledge atop a skyscraper, pursuit by a helicopter gunship and a dead- ly game of hide-and-seek in the Court allows after-school religion By '..17. SCHEVTCHUK Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 June 4 that public high school students can hold after-school religion club meetings without violating the Constitution. The cou acted in Board of Education vs. Mergens, involv- by other extracurricular student clubs. "Thus, even if a public secondary school allows only one 'non-curriculum-related student group to meet' ... the school may not deny other clubs, on the basis of the con- tent of their speech, equal ac- cess to meet on school premises during non-instructional ZOO. Though the action never flags, Badham takes the time to flesh out the characterizations of the two fugitives so that viewers care about them. Gibson is likable as the hunted man who has made an art out of being a devious odd- ball. Miss Hawn reprises her familiar role as the dumb blonde with a heart of gold. Marianne is so outrageously in- ept in trying to help Rick in the zoo sequence that she may draw hisses from unamused feminists. The formula works well, however, as the battling odd couple are gradually drawn together by their near brushes with death and eventually become lovers in a seedy motel scene that is played for laughs. The sexual innuendoes here, as in several other scenes, are strictly adult fare. Violence is done more to ob- jects than people, though there are several restrained shots of gore. Like Hitchcock, Badham knows that real menace and suspense come from what is im- agined rather than from what is ing Westside High School in time," Justice Sandra Day Omaha, Neb., and a challenge O'Connor wrote in the opinion to the federal Equal Access Act. for the court. Paed by Congim in 1984,  EE' the act ensules religion- The ruling drew immediate oriented student.clubs -- and praise .hem the top lawyer for I.t,,,.. I I FOODMARKET I those discussing politics or the U.S. Catholic Conference, I ll PlJ-ie-Village II I philosophical :'topics -- the one of the groups that had filed same access\\; to public high a friend-of-the-court brief on -- "-"- -------- ' I GI=NI::flLIRCH I shown on screen. ' If you're in the mood for: tense thriller with screwbelil comedy and slick, sentimental! romance, "Bird on a Wire *! the ticket.  i Because of much menace s. I demolition-derby violence, i bedroom scene and some se. ually suggestive dialogue, @,I U.S. Catholic Conferei classification is A-III -- adult' I The Motion Picture Associsti i of America rating is PG-13 "! parents are strongly cautioned! that some material may be i! propriate for children under 1' I Rick (Mel Gibson) and Marianne (Goldie Hawn) star in "Bird on a Wire." -- Photo copyright 1990 Universal City Sludll# I