Cliffhanger (1993)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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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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19 November 2005 | dylan-ransom
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Every time a movie comes out which features rock climbing and mountain travel/rescue, I cringe with anticipation, notepad in hand, and annoy all my friends with my nitpicking. So, let me get that out of the way first. I counted approximately 100 factual and technical errors related to geography, climbing, mountain travel and rescue. Let's just say it was atrocious, though not as bad as "Vertical Limit".

Viewed purely as a mindless action flick, I must say I was entertained. The film was visually stunning with engaging action sequences. The acting was superb- those poor bastards did all they could with their ridiculous characters and inadequate, clichéd script. Cheers to Lithgow, Stallone, and Rooker in particular.

I could be pretentious and pick the whole damn thing apart, but I think Renny Harlin did exactly what he set out to do- entertain.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Eric Qualen: Kill a few people, they call you a murderer. Kill a million and you're a conqueror.


Goofs

When Stallone's character is climbing up the ice cave, you see bright blue sky and sunlight from the opening above him. Yet when he reaches the top, he must use his fists to break through the ceiling due to the thick layer of snow. (Which would have obstructed the view seen earlier).


Crazy Credits

End credits thank the Ute Tribe for filming in the Ute Mountain reservation.


Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Do You Need Some?
Written by Matt Mercado
Performed by
Mind Bomb
Courtesy of Mercury Records

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

28 May 1993

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, Italy, France, Japan

Filming Locations

Colorado, USA

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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