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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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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 ... 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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An avalanche of thrills! See more »


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

Carolco had originally signed Sylvester Stallone to appear opposite John Candy in a comedy directed by John Hughes about feuding neighbors titled Bartholomew Vs. Neff.

When that project was dropped, Stallone got involved in another Carolco project Isobar, a sci-fi futuristic horror about genetically created monster who gets loose on high speed runaway train. Movie was gonna have $90 million budget and Roland Emmerich was hired to direct the film, but due to arguments he had with Carolco and producer Joel Silver about the script and control over the film, he walked away from Isobar and it ended up getting cancelled.

While Emmerich went on to make Universal Soldier (1992) for Carolco, Stallone was first signed on to make another film with Renny Harlin for them, an action thriller/disaster film Gale Force which would have Stallone's character fighting modern pirates during large hurricane, but once that film got cancelled as well, he and Harlin went on to make Cliffhanger for Carolco. See more »

Goofs

(at around 56 mins) Gabe is fighting another guy as they are sliding down the mountain and the bad guy falls off the cliff. As he falls, you can see him hit the stunt airbag as he lands. See more »

Quotes

[over the radio]
Travers: It's Walker! The son of a bitch is still alive, Qualen.
Eric Qualen: No names, this is an open line.
Travers: I don't give a damn, ERIC QUALEN!
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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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Connections

Referenced in Cliff Banger (1993) See more »

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Do You Need Some?
Written by Matt Mercado
Performed by Mind Bomb
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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One of Sly's best films
4 September 2006 | by mgsmoviesniperSee 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 proved 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 every time 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.


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