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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Denver Mint, featured in the film as the producer of the cash stolen by Qualen and his associates, actually only produces coins. $100 million from the Denver Mint would weigh 2,500 tons. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 5 mins) Tropical fruit bats do not hibernate in the Rocky Mountains. 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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Alternate Versions

British cinema and video versions were edited for violence to achieve a 15 certificate with the video/DVD versions being more extensively cut by the BBFC (losing 1 minute 24 secs in total). Most of the cuts were made to punches and kicks during the fight scenes although the underwater shooting scene was also considerably altered (the uncut version shows Travers being hit by Stallone's pitons). The complete version has been broadcast on Sky's movie channels. The cuts were fully restored in the 2008 Optimum DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Vertical Limit (2000) 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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

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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