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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The credits include a message which explains that the Black Diamond harness used in the opening scene was specially modified so that it would fail. See more »


There are wolves shown attempting to attack a base jumper in the film. The grey wolf was extirpated in Colorado, the setting of the film, in 1940. While there are captive wolves in zoos and perhaps wolf dogs available to owners, there are no longer wolves in the wild in the state, See more »


Eric Qualen: Kill a few people, they call you a murderer. Kill a million and you're a conqueror.
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Featured in Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger (1993) See more »


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Written by Matt Mercado
Performed by Mind Bomb
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The majestic mountains are a magnificent character in the film!
9 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

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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