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Cliffhanger ()


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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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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.
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Gabe Walker
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Hal Tucker
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Jessie Deighan
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Travers
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Kristel
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Kynette
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Delmar
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Ryan
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Heldon
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Sarah
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Evan
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Walter Wright
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Frank
Trey Brownell ...
Brett
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Davis
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Matheson
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Stuart (as Don Davis)
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Agent Hayes
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Agent Michaels
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Treasury Agent
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Treasury Secretary
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Treasury Jet Pilot
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Pilot
Mike Weis ...
Co-Pilot
Duncan Prentice ...
Treasury Helicopter Pilot
Kevin Donald ...
Ray
Jeff Blynn ...
Marvin
Thor ...
Thor
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Agent FBI at the Plane (uncredited)

Directed by

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Renny Harlin

Written by

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John Long ... (premise)
 
Michael France ... (screen story)
 
Michael France ... (screenplay) and
Sylvester Stallone ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jim Davidson ... associate producer
Renny Harlin ... producer
Gene Patrick Hines ... co-producer
Mario Kassar ... executive producer
Alan Marshall ... producer
Tony Munafo ... associate producer
David Rotman ... co-producer
Lynwood Spinks ... co-executive producer
James R. Zatolokin ... co-producer

Music by

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Trevor Jones

Cinematography by

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Alex Thomson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Frank J. Urioste

Editorial Department

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Giorgio De Vincenzo ... assistant editor
Noori Dehnahi ... post-production coordinator
Mark Eggenweiler ... assistant editor
George Foldi ... projectionist
Douglas Kunin ... apprentice editor
Edward Malone ... assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski ... color timer
Sati Tooray ... colorist

Casting By

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Mindy Marin

Production Design by

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John Vallone

Art Direction by

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Maria-Teresa Barbasso
Aurelio Crugnola
Christiaan Wagener

Set Decoration by

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Robert Gould ... (as Bob Gould)
Cynthia Sleiter

Costume Design by

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Ellen Mirojnick

Makeup Department

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Jeff Dawn ... make-up supervisor
Elisabetta De Leonardis ... hair stylist: second unit
Jim Kail ... make-up artist
Eileen Kastner-Delago ... additional make-up artist: second unit (as Eileen Kastner De Lago)
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist: Mr. Stallone
Tania McComas ... make-up artist: second unit
Aldo Signoretti ... hair stylist: Mr. Stallone
Maurizio Silvi ... make-up artist / make-up artist: second unit
Peter Tothpal ... key hair stylist
Reka Wessely Tihanyi ... assistant hair stylist (as Reka Wessely)
Jake Garber ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Dan Platt ... sculptor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Doug Burdinski ... unit production manager
Laura Fattori ... production manager
Roberto Malerba ... unit manager
Joel Marx ... production supervisor
Stefano Spadoni ... unit manager
Ron Lynch ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Michael Sweeney ... post-production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Howell Caldwell ... second second assistant director
Albert Cho ... second assistant director: second unit
Steve Danton ... first assistant director: second unit
Jeffrey M. Ellis ... second assistant director: second unit (as Jeffrey Ellis)
Luca Lachin ... second assistant director
Terry Miller ... first assistant director
Philip C. Pfeiffer ... second unit director (as Philip Pfeiffer)
Michael Viglietta ... second assistant director
Francesco Papa ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Giovanni Bianchini ... assistant props
Robert Bleckman ... assistant property master
Scott Bobbitt ... leadperson
Giulia Chiara Crugnola ... set designer
Roberto Fucci ... art department
Audrey A. Johnson ... assistant property master
Kent H. Johnson ... property master (as Kent Johnson)
Jeffrey Kalmus ... model maker
John Mann ... storyboard artist
Mauro Masotti ... props
Massimiliano Paonessa ... assistant props
Peter Mitchell Rubin ... storyboard artist
Scott Tabor ... props
Marco Trentini ... assistant art director
Maurizio Bizzarri ... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Renato Casaro ... poster designer (uncredited)
John Ferrari ... modelmaker (uncredited)
Steven Hintz ... propmaker (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini ... plasterer foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James Ashwill ... foley mixer (as Jim Ashwill)
Todd Bassman ... boom operator
Robert Batha ... assistant sound editor
Gregg Baxter ... sound designer / sound supervisor
Bob Beemer ... re-recording mixer
Lon Bender ... additional audio (as Lon E. Bender)
Dicken Berglund ... foley mixer
Burtis Bills ... additional audio
Mike Boudry ... adr recordist
Tim Cooney ... production sound mixer
Stuart Copely ... dialogue editor
Dino Dimuro ... foley editor (as Dino DiMuro)
Richard Dwan Jr. ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Richard Bruce Elliott ... foley editor (as Bruce Elliott)
Scott Martin Gershin ... sound effects supervisor (as Scott Gershin)
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley recordist
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Chris Hogan ... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Marty Hutcherson ... sound department engineer
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Constance A. Kazmer ... adr editor
Randy Kelley ... sound effects editor
Mark Lanza ... sound effects editor
Judson Leach ... apprentice editor
Lorenzo Majoni ... sound assistant
Dave McMoyler ... sound editor
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Glenn T. Morgan ... sound effects editor (as Glenn Morgan)
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Kelly Oxford ... dialogue editor
Gregory F. Plotts ... assistant sound editor (as Greg Plotts)
Jay B. Richardson ... sound effects editor
Frank Smathers ... sound editor / sound effects editor
Wylie Stateman ... sound designer / sound supervisor
Peter Michael Sullivan ... foley editor
Bill Voigtlander ... adr editor
Kim Waugh ... additional audio

Special Effects by

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Daniel Acon ... special effects
Renato Agostini ... special effects
Albert Bartoli ... special effects
Perry Beckham ... aerial rigger (as Perry Beckman)
Marco Bianco ... aerial rigger
Claude Bouchard ... aerial rigger
Stewart Bradley ... aerial rigger
Massimo Cardajoli ... special effects
Mario Cassar ... special effects technician
Casey Cavanaugh ... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh ... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Neil Corbould ... special effects (as Neil Corbuld)
Giovanni Corridori ... special effects coordinator
Massimo Cristofanelli ... special effects
Corbin Fox ... aerial rigger
Gianni Indovino ... special effects (as Giovanni Indovino)
Matt Kutcher ... special effects
Dean Lockwood ... aerial rigging coordinator
John McLeod ... second unit special effects coordinator
Thaine Morris ... effects technician
Duilio Olmi ... special effects
Giorgio Pompei ... aerial rigger
Claudio Quaglietti ... special effects
Jeff Rand ... special effects technician
John Richardson ... special effects coordinator
Marcus Richardson ... special effects technician
Claudio Savassi ... special effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer ... special effects supervisor
Joel Whist ... aerial rigger
Dick Wood ... special effects (as Richard Woods)
Giorgio Zangiacomo ... second unit special effects climber
Nick Finlayson ... uncredited
Tad Krzanowski ... model effects: WKR Productions (uncredited)
Sam Longoria ... pyro study high-speed cinematography (uncredited)
Kevin McTurk ... special effects makeup (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Joe Alter ... digital effects artist
James G. Anka ... model maker
Wayne Baker ... camera technician: Italy Plate Crew
Suzanne Berger ... additional visual effects
Brent Boates ... visual effects art director
John Bruno ... visual effects supervisor
Andre Bustanoby ... design engineer: Boss Film
Richard J. Cook ... tape operator: VisonArt
Michael Cooper ... optical supervisor
Philip Crescenzo ... visual effects: technical supervisor
Crystal Dowd ... visual effects coordinator
Miller Drake ... visual effects editor
Pamela Easley ... visual effects producer
David Emerson ... optical supervisor
Lisa Foster ... digital artist
Paul Gentry ... director of photography: miniatures
Rocco Gioffre ... matte artist
Kevin David Harris ... vfx pa
Michael Joyce ... model shop supervisor
Rachel Kelley ... model painter
Steven Kosakura ... location motion control camera operator
Neil Krepela ... visual effects supervisor
Peter Kuran ... additional visual and digital effects
Donna Langston ... visual effects line producer
Paul Lewis ... digital effects artist
Kenneth Littleton ... digital effects
Lawrence Littleton ... digital effects
Tom Martinek ... digital I/O supervisor: PDI
Pat McClung ... helicopter models
Barb Meier ... visual effects animator
Douglas Miller ... model maker
Michele Moen ... matte department supervisor (as Michelle Moen)
Raj Naiksatam ... digital artist
Jeff Platt ... electronics
Derek N. Prusak ... visual effects assistant cameraman
Jay Riddle ... visual effects supervisor
David Rosenthal ... digital camera operator
Jim Rygiel ... digital effects supervisor
Clark Schaffer ... model maker
Monty Shook ... lead propmaker
Ellen Somers ... visual effects production supervisor
Stephen Stanton ... computer graphics coordinator: Boss Film Studios
Annick Therrien ... rotoscoping
Michele C. Vallillo ... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Jon Warren ... model maker
Earl Wiggins ... aerial rigging coordinator
Shawn Burns ... Assistant to VFX Supervisors: Boss Film Studios (uncredited)
Adam Howard ... digital effects compositor (uncredited)
Kevin Rafferty ... animator: PDI (uncredited)
Doyle Smith ... wire removal (uncredited)
Pam Vick ... digital artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Alessandro Borgese ... stunt performer
Simon Crane ... aerial stunt coordinator / stunt performer: air-to-air transfer
Mark De Alessandro ... stunt double: Mr. Stallone
Debbie Evans ... stunt player
Wolfgang Güllich ... climbing double: Mr. Stallone (as Wolfgang Gullich)
Ron Kauk ... climbing double
Norman Kent ... stunt player
Joel Kramer ... stunt coordinator
Lane Leavitt ... stunt player / stunt rigging coordinator
Billy D. Lucas ... stunt player (as Billy Lucas)
Lisa McCullough ... stunt player
Alessandro Novelli ... utility stunts
Jeff O'Haco ... stunt double: Mr. Stallone
Georgia Phipps ... stunt player
J. Suzanne Rampe ... stunt player (as J. Susan Rampe)
Scott Rogers ... stunt player
Kevin Swigert ... stunt coordinator: second unit / stunt player
David Walling ... stunt player
William Washington ... stunt player (as Billy Washington)
Dickey Beer ... stunt rigger: aerial unit (uncredited)
David Breashears ... stunts (uncredited)
Mark De Alessandro ... stunt coordinator: splinter unit (uncredited)
Oswald Santin ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gary Armstrong ... first assistant camera
Wayne Baker ... underwater photographer
Eraldo Barbona ... additional grip
Robert Binnall ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Elio Bosi ... grip
Francesco Brescini ... electrician
Richard Brooks Burton ... aerial first assistant camera
Daniele Cafolla ... electrician
Massimo Cecchini ... electrician
Andrea Chiozzotto ... additional electrician
Aldo Colanzi ... key grip
Andrew Cooper ... still photographer
Tony Cridlin ... key dolly grip
Adam Dale ... aerial director of photography
Umberto Dessena ... grip
Paolo Di Stefano ... electrician
Kevin Fraser ... best boy grip
Paolo Frasson ... grip
Claudio Frollano ... electrician
Fabio Fumelli ... grip
Steve Harvey ... best boy
Ronald Hersey ... camera operator
Michael Kelem ... aerial camera operator
Paul Legall ... crane technician
John Marzano ... second assistant camera: aerial unit
Nic Milner ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Milsome ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Randy Paik ... assistant camera / first assistant camera: second unit, Italy
Nicola Pecorini ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Philip C. Pfeiffer ... director of photography: second unit
Timothy Prince ... video engineer
Alessandro Rossi ... electrician
Marco Santarelli ... best boy
Paul Sibley ... rigger
Jonathan Taylor ... first assistant camera
Alex Thomson ... camera operator
Chyna Thomson ... assistant camera / first assistant camera: "b" camera
Paolo Tiberti ... grip
Pietro Tiberti ... grip
David Worley ... camera operator
Francesco Zaccaria ... electrician
David Breashears ... camera operator (uncredited)
Stephen V. Isbell ... best boy grip: second unit (uncredited)
Carlo Milani ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Ira Shain ... computer animator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Brad Anderson ... costumer: Mr. Stallone
Angela Beale ... costumer
Michael Dennison ... wardrobe supervisor (as Michael 'Dixie' Dennison)
Augusto Grassi ... costumer
Giampaolo Grassi ... costumer
Giampiero Grassi ... costumer (as Giampietro Grassi)
Lahly Poore ... costumer
Reg Samuel ... wardrobe supervisor: second unit

Location Management

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Enrico Ballarin ... location manager
Claudio Carrer ... location manager: second unit
Fabiomassimo Dell'Orco ... location manager
Emanuele Lomiry ... location manager
Giovanni Lovatelli ... location manager
Joel Marx ... location manager
Vito Colazzo ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Lawrence Ashmore ... orchestrations by
Jeff Atmajian ... orchestrations by
Dan Carlin Sr. ... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Guy Dagul ... orchestrations by / synthesizers performed by
Brad Dechter ... orchestrations by
Robin Glenn ... music supervisor
Trevor Jones ... orchestrations by / synthesizers performed by
Roger King ... synthesizers produced by / synthesizers recorded by
London Philharmonic Orchestra ... music performed by (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
John Richards ... scoring mixer
Victoria Seale ... music coordinator: for Contemporary Media Music Productions
David Snell ... music conducted by
Geoff Alexander ... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Ernst Meinrath ... trailer music (uncredited)
Kirsty Whalley ... score programmer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Kate Dennis ... script supervisor: second unit
Annette Haywood-Carter ... script supervisor
Terry Hayes ... script revisions (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Enrico Pini ... transportation manager
Franco Siorpaes ... driver: snowcat

Other crew

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Robin Allen-Paris ... assistant to aerial coordinator
Sandro Alverá ... climber
Damian Anderson ... production assistant
Michael Barnes ... legal attorney
Paolo Bellodis ... climber
Allen Blaisdell ... front projection supervisor
Barry Blanchard ... climber
Peter Boor ... pilot
Curtis Briggs ... technical consultant
Robert Bucker ... pilot
Marcello Caminetti ... climber
John Carpnter ... safety engineer
Dominico Castone ... pilot
Tom Clode ... safety engineer
Gary Compton ... security coordinator: Mr. Stallone
Tom Danaher ... assistant aerial coordinator: aerial unit / pilot
Luca Dapoz ... climber
Robert Dawson ... title designer
Cristiano DeLisi ... climber
Mario Di Bona ... climber
Hanspeter Eisendle ... climber
Kevin Eldridge ... pilot
Maria Fiorito ... accountant
Bob Foster ... pilot
Mark Foster ... aerial unit
Bob Gaines ... safety officer: mountain climbing unit
Maurizio Gallo ... climber
Judith Goodman ... production coordinator
Wolfgang Güllich ... climbing double: Mr. Stallone
Mark Hewitt ... sky diver
Mario Kassar ... presenter
Armine Katchikan ... wolf trainer (as Armen Kachikian)
Ron Kauk ... climbing double
Robert Kellie ... pilot
Norman Kent ... sky diver
Steven Kosakura ... equipment engineer
Ron Kunecke ... night lights operator
Clay Lacy ... pilot
Enrico Majoni ... climber
Luca Majoni ... climber
Guy Manos ... sky diver
John Marzano ... pilot
Ferruccio Svaluto Moreolo ... climber
Stephen North ... chief safety engineer: aerial unit
David Paris ... aerial coordinator: aerial unit / pilot
Milena Bono Parodi ... production secretary
Scott Patterson ... pilot
Walt Pine ... pilot
Duncan Prentice ... pilot
Luigi Riitano ... production accountant
Jimmy Rogers ... pilot
Cristina Romagnoli ... production assistant (as Christina Romagnoli)
Suzanne Rust ... production assistant
Bernie Schweider ... pilot
Peter J. Silbermann ... unit publicist
Enzo Sisti ... production accountant
David Spencer ... safety parachutist
Julian Spencer ... safety parachutist
Art Stifel ... pilot
Sue Walker ... operations manager: Flying Pictures Ltd.
Mike Weis ... climbing coordinator (as Michael Weis)
Kevin Whalin ... pilot
Marc Wolff ... aerial unit coordinator / pilot
Carla Zacchia ... production accountant assistant
Cecilia Alvarenga ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Joan Cunningham ... production liaison: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Enzo Sisti ... fiscal representative: Italy (uncredited)
Marc Wolff ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)

Thanks

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Joe Evans ... the producers gratefully acknowledge (as Chief Park Ranger Joe Evans)
Wolfgang Güllich ... this motion picture is dedicated to the memory of (as Wolfgang Gullich)
Fadl Kassar ... this motion picture is dedicated to the memory of
Michel Lebrun ... with special thanks to

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines An avalanche of thrills! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cliffhanger - L'ultima sfida (Italy)
  • Cliffhanger, traque au sommet (France)
  • Cliffhanger - Nur die Starken überleben (Germany)
  • Màxim risc (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Máximo riesgo (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

Budget $70,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $20,458,022, 31 May 1993
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $171,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the costliest aerial stunt ever performed. Stuntman Simon Crane was paid $1 million to cross once between two planes at fifteen thousand feet, without the aid of any safety devices or trick photography. The insurance company refused to insure a stuntman for this, so Sylvester Stallone offered to reduce his own fee for the movie by the amount that the stunt cost to produce, in order that the film could be made. The stunt was filmed in the United States, as such a stunt is illegal in Europe, where most of the film was shot. Crane couldn't actually get inside the second plane, but good editing gives the appearance that he does. See more »
Goofs (at around 30 mins) The plane crashes in the mountains, and appears to have stopped half way off a cliff. When people leave the plane, the plane is fully on the ground. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Scream of Stone (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Do You Need Some? See more »
Quotes Hal Tucker: Delmar, from me to you, you're an asshole.
Delmar: Yeah? And you're a loud-mouth punk slag, who's about to die.
Hal Tucker: Maybe. But in a minute I'll be dead, and you, will always be an asshole.
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