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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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The height of adventure. See more »


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:

Cliffhanger See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,176,967, 30 May 1993

Gross USA:

$84,049,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$255,000,211
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) (Europe)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints) (USA)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

An avid golfer, Sylvester Stallone found that climbing roughed up his hands and consequently messed up his game. He had a net on the set for practice. The models he was dating complained about his rough hands. See more »

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(at around 1h 7 mins) When Frank shoos the "wolves" away from the bleeding base-jumper hanging in the tree, it is obvious due to their fluffy, curly tails that are in actuality Siberian Huskies. See more »

Quotes

Kynette: Time to kill a mountain man.
Kynette: It amazes me, in this day and age, when a man would put money before the personal safety of himself and his bitch.
Kynette: I wanted you to go to your grave knowing that I'm going to treat the bitch... right!
[Gabe suddenly grabs Kynette by the crotch and chest and impales him on a large stalactite]
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Alternate Versions

In the UK there are four versions of Cliffhanger, all rated 15, which are the following...
  • Cinema Release: One minute and eight seconds are cut.
  • First and Second Video Release: An extra 16 seconds are cut.
  • First DVD Release: Originally to be released uncut with a presumed 18 rating, but the British censors forbade it as the censored version was still on the market. As such, the DVD master was cut to match the previous video but was cut in a rather lazy manner, including jump cuts on the soundtrack.
  • Second DVD Release/First Blu-ray release: Original R-rated version
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Do You Need Some?
Written by Matt Mercado
Performed by Mind Bomb
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Almost Stallone's best
13 May 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

I don't think I'll ever understand the hate for Renny Harlin. 'Die Hard 2' was cool, and he gave the world 'Cliffhanger', one of the most awesome action movies ever. That's right, you little punks, 'Cliffhanger' rules, and we all know it.

Sly plays Gabe Walker, a former rescue climber who is 'just visiting' his old town when he is asked to help a former friend, Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker), assist in a rescue on a mountain peak. Walker obviously came back at a convenient time, because the stranded people are actually a sophisticated team of thieves led by Eric Qualen (John Lithgow). Qualen & co. have lost a whole lot of money they stole from the U.S. government somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and they really would like it back...

Essentially, 'Cliffhanger' is another 'Die Hard' clone. Just trade in the confines of Nakatomi Plaza to the open mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains, complete with scenes created to point out the weaknesses of our hero and keep him mortal. Naturally, that set up is totally ripped to shreds soon enough, as Stallone's character avoids quite a large number of bullets with ease, and slams face-first into several rock faces with no apparent side-effects. After all, isn't that what action movies are all about?

'Cliffhanger' is one of the most exciting action movies around. A showcase of great scenes and stunts. One of the early stunts is one of the best stunts I've ever seen in a movie, and while the rest of the movie does not get any better than it did at the beginning, it maintains its action awesomeness. John Lithgow's lead villain is entertaining, and one bad dude. Quite possibly one of the coolest lead villains ever.

'Cliffhanger' is easily one of Stallone's best efforts, definitely Renny Harlin's best effort, and a very exciting action movie - 9/10


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