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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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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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

Tri-Star Pictures and Carolco Pictures were forced to pay out an additional seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to three separate writers, who were all claiming credit for the story. See more »

Goofs

When Gabe & Jessie disturb the bats, he urgently tells her to get down as if there is some danger. While she might freak out about a flock of bats flying around her (although this seems unlikely for the character) the bats would be largely avoiding them whether standing or crouching and even were a bat or ten to hit them accidentally it wouldn't hurt. See more »

Quotes

Gabe: [burning the stolen money] It costs a fortune to heat this place.
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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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Do You Need Some?
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Performed by Mind Bomb
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Prepare yourselves for an awesome thrill ride
30 July 2004 | by michaelsibley416See all my reviews

Hold on for dear life as Sylvester Stallone takes you on the ride of a lifetime. With extreme non-stop action, gripping and suspense-filled scenes; Stallone has proven why he is a SUPERSTAR with his role in "Cliffhanger." I knew I would be in for an action packed treat as soon as I realized Stallone was starring in this film; however, I failed to realized how great the other actors were in this film.

Stallone is joined by Michael Rooker, Janine Turner and John Lithgow as they produce quite possibly the best action film of 1993. The cast is perfectly selected and chosen to play their parts. It was a joy to see a reversal of roles. I'm not accustomed to seeing Rooker as a hero or Lithgow as a villain; it is a refreshing change.

I couldn't have asked for a better villain than Lithgow. He is one of the most ruthless and cunning villains I've seen. I enjoyed how he never let anything get in his way and spared no expense to get what he wanted. I'm glad I got the chance to see him play the villain and hope I see it again.

Turner gives tremendous support to this film and creates an atmosphere where it is enjoyable to watch. She is the heat that warms a cold room because everytime she comes on screen it seems as though it is hot. It is a delight to see an incredible actress to have that much power. Rooker makes up the other the third of talented actors that makes "Cliffhanger" a delight to watch. Rooker brings a fresh view to the film as well as credibility; all I have to say is awesome work, Michael.

There is an avalanche of talent in "Cliffhanger." Stallone is an unstoppable force and incredible action hero. After watching "Cliffhanger," I'm convinced that Stallone was the only man for this job. Stallone had the fire in his eyes for this part that told me he means business. Only true action stars have the fire I saw; furthermore, I was fascinated with the strength, power and conviction with which he took on the role.

Another reason I enjoyed "Cliffhanger" was the writing because it contained unbelievable action sequences, a man dealing with redemption and dialogue is awesome. I was impressed to see that Stallone also co-wrote the script because he really has a knack for what action fans want.

"Cliffhanger" is a super-charged, heart-racing, suspense-filled action thrill ride that you should take because at the end it will leave you asking for more.


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