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Cliffhanger (1993)

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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,458,022, 31 May 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$84,049,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,000,000
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Carolco had originally signed Sylvester Stallone to appear opposite John Candy in a comedy directed by John Hughes about feuding neighbors titled Bartholomew Vs. Neff.

When that project was dropped, Stallone got involved in another Carolco project Isobar, a sci-fi futuristic horror about genetically created monster who gets loose on high speed runaway train. Movie was gonna have $90 million budget and Roland Emmerich was hired to direct the film, but due to arguments he had with Carolco and producer Joel Silver about the script and control over the film, he walked away from Isobar and it ended up getting cancelled.

While Emmerich went on to make Universal Soldier (1992) for Carolco, Stallone was first signed on to make another film with Renny Harlin for them, an action thriller/disaster film Gale Force which would have Stallone's character fighting modern pirates during large hurricane, but once that film got cancelled as well, he and Harlin went on to make Cliffhanger for Carolco. See more »

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Stallone's character is seen wearing a wedding band in earlier scenes yet in the film he is not married. This is confirmed when he states that he's came back for Jessie, clearly his love interest but not his wife. See more »

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[to the FBI]
Hal Tucker: If your looking for Qualen, try about 4,000 feet south of here. He'll be the one wearing the helicopter.
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Do You Need Some?
Written by Matt Mercado
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Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Action Classic!

Sly's best out and out action film. It is a superbly enjoyable movie with some interesting characters, solid performances and Renny Harlins direction is stylishly assured. Stallone is rarely this interesting in his action films and he certainly looks the part in terms of the action scenes. This was one of the best action films of the year and one of the most thrilling and enjoyable of the 90's, a definite genre classic. As a Stallone fan this is one I look back on with fond memories. Plenty of superb action and Sly in prime action man form. Action lovers appreciate this film because it has all the hallmarks that make a good aciton film. The film looks great and there is great support from Janine Turner, Michael Rooker and John Lithgow. ****


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