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Cliffhanger (1993)

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A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.

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Whilst crossing a ledge, 4000 feet above the earth, Gabe's friend's equipment fails to work and she slips out of his hand, falling to the ground. Almost a year later, Gabe is asked to go back to the same mountain range and rescue a group of 'stranded' people. The only catch is that these so called 'stranded' people are in fact looking for three boxes filled with $100,000,000 and they need a mountain ranger to lead them to them!! Written by Michael Feller <Reb@magna.com.au>

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The height of adventure. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$84,049,211 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The plane-to-plane airborne transfer stunt was filmed in the USA as such a stunt is illegal in Europe. The stunt itself cost over $1 million to film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) When Gabe falls into the water he performs a variety of moves including removing his shirts and taunting Travers. After he emerges with help from Hal, Gabe is fine and the movie goes on. This could not happen. The temperature of the water should have put him into shock and stiffened all his limbs shortly after he fell in. Not to mention, even if Hal were to take him out, Gabe's core body temperature would have dropped to the point of a hypothermia scare. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: This rope looks 60 years old. Will it hold?
Gabe: Don't think so.
Jessie: Bad answer.
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Referenced in MythBusters: Hail Hijinx (2012) See more »

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Do You Need Some?
Written by Matt Mercado
Performed by Mind Bomb
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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User Reviews

 
The majestic mountains are a magnificent character in the film!

Wracked with guilt after a lot of things felt apart on that ledge, an ace mountain rescue climber Gabriel Walker (Stallone) comes back for his girlfriend Jessie (Janine Turner), while over the cloudy skies where the weather looks a bit threatening, a spectacularly precarious mid-air hijacking goes wrong and $100 million taken from a Treasury Department plane get lost in the middle of nowhere followed by a crash landing…

Stranded off the snowy peaks, and needing mountain guides to win back the stolen cash, the high-trained hikers make an emergency call asking the help of a rescue unit…

Unfortunately, Gab and Hall (Michael Rooker) have to team up to arrive at the scene of the crash unaware that the distress call was a fake, and a bunch of merciless terrorists led by a psychotic (John Lithgow),are waiting for them only to find out a way off the stormy mountain with the dumped cases of money…

With breathtaking shots, vertiginous scenery, dizzying heights, perilous climbs, freezing temperatures, "Cliffhanger" is definitely Stallone's best action adventure movie…


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