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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.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

John Long (premise), Michael France (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Gabe Walker
John Lithgow ... Qualen
Michael Rooker ... Hal Tucker
Janine Turner ... Jessie Deighan
Rex Linn ... Richard Travers
Caroline Goodall ... Kristel
Leon ... Kynette
Craig Fairbrass ... Delmar
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Ryan
Denis Forest ... Heldon
Michelle Joyner ... Sarah
Max Perlich ... Evan
Paul Winfield ... Walter Wright
Ralph Waite ... Frank
Trey Brownell Trey Brownell ... Brett
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Storyline

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riesgo total See more »

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Box Office

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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) (Europe)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints) (USA)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

During the fight scene in the cave, Kynette (Leon) pulls out a very long knife with a serrated back edge reminiscent of the style made famous by Rambo. Sylvester Stallone played Rambo. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) Kristel's dead body changes positions between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: Help me! I don't want to die!
Gabe: You're not gonna die.
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Alternate Versions

Special Edition DVD features two deleted scenes with introduction by Renny Harlin:
  • The first deleted scene is called "Ice Climb" and falls right after the part when Stallone survives the avalanche as he's retrieving the first money case. In this scene, he climbs up a frozen waterfall. The scene which would have followed this was the one in the theatrical version where Stallone reaches the top of the mountain and runs to the lodge to meet Jessie. According to Renny Harlin, the scene was cut because it didn't look real enough...the waterfall was a fiberglass wall and the background was optically inserted. Also, they didn't want Stallone's character to appear invincible and be able to do anything, like in Rambo.
  • The second deleted scene is called "King's Leap" and occurs right after the scene where the bridge which connects the two mountain faces is destroyed. In this scene, Stallone does a running jump between the two mountain faces, and safely lands on the wall of the opposing cliff. According to Renny Harlin, this was also cut because while climbers actually jump between mountain faces, the jump they had Stallone doing was a little to far to be believable. They then got around the part of how Gabe & Jessie got around the mountain by having them backtrack and go all the way around. Some audio was also re-recorded for that after the "King's Leap" was cut..
  • Portions of both deleted scenes can be seen in the trailer for the movie
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Not the most intelligent movie, but enjoyable and one of the better in the genre
7 April 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

I'm far from a Sylvester Stallone fan and I guess the only time I really appreciated his appearance was in the French movie Taxi 3, which is an almost inexistent small role. And yet I must admit that this movie was actually not that bad, even though I feared the worst.

When Gabe (Stallone) fails to rescue the girlfriend of one of his friends and she plunges to her death from a 4000 feet high mountain top, he can't possibly force himself to keep working as a mountain ranger. For almost a year he doesn't set a food in the reserve, but than he returns. Soon after he's back, they get an emergency call from a group of hikers who got trapped in a snow storm. At least, that's what the rangers believe. In reality it is a group of robbers who crashed with their airplane in the mountains after their daring plan to steal cases full of money from a flying government plane failed. The cases are spread all over the reserve and they need the help of professional climbers to retrieve them...

This is of course not one of the most intelligent movies ever, but in its genre it's an enjoyable one. I especially enjoyed John Lithgow as the evil master mind and leader of the gang of robbers. I know him best from the TV-series "3rd Rock from the Sun", but I enjoyed his performance in this movie as well. Overall the acting is OK, it had a lot of action to offer and of course also some one-liners, but it also offered a very nice decor. This movie was filmed in a magnificent natural environment. I loved the snowy mountains and valleys, the mountain rivers and the forests... Perhaps that's why I give this movie a score higher than what I normally give to an action / adventure movie of this kind. I give it a 6.5/10. If you don't expect too much, this is an enjoyable movie.


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