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Cliffhanger (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  28 May 1993 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)


£7,834,921 (UK) (13 August 1993)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (Europe)| (35 mm prints) (USA)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Electrical storms hit during filming, knocking down five crew members. Climber Earl Wiggins was hit three times, but was only slightly injured. During a later storm, crew members had fun taking pictures of each other with their hair standing on end while the climbers pointed out the wisdom of evacuating. See more »


When Gabe lights the flare, the night-vision point-of-view shot momentarily breaks up into static, like a faulty video display. This is not how night-vision works. See more »


Eric Qualen: Do you know what real love is, Kristel?
Kristel: No.
Eric Qualen: [whispers in her ear] Sacrifice...
[shoots her]
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Spoofs The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) See more »


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Written by Matt Mercado
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The BEST action movie!
4 October 2003 | by (Here, Sometimes) – See all my reviews

Since I first saw this in the theater it has been my favorite. Since then I've seen it countless times and I never get tired of it. The setting has a lot to do with it (the Colorado I know would be jealous), but the storyline is original and I liked how it used small town mountain folk as the heroes. There has not been a movie I can compare this too. John Lithgow plays a smart villain, but I love how he is completely out of his element--he has to follow Tucker around and that's what keeps it interesting. This is an action movie at it's BEST. I don't think I'll see another that is so entertaining.

You don't need 50,000 rounds fired to qualify as an action movie. It just has to keep you captivated, not shell-shocked.

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