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>
Rex Linn (Travers) appeared in episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) and Northern Exposure (1990), which starred his co-stars in this movie, John Lithgow (Qualen) and Janine Turner (Jessie), respectively. See more »
As Gabe is trying to prevent Sarah from falling, Frank is seen smiling and
when Sarah falls, you will notice that Frank is laughing. See more »
I've been working up in Denver.
BASE Jumper 1:
Work? Don't say that word man!
Man, I hate work. Even when somebody else is doing it.
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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
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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