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Cliffhanger (1993)

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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,458,022 (USA) (31 May 1993)

Gross:

$84,049,211 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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After Michael France sold the "Cliffhanger" script to Carolco Pictures for five hundred thousand dollars, the company was visited by two independent producers, Gene Patrick Hines and James R. Zatolokin, who provided proof that France was not the originator of the story. It turned out the idea had been first developed in the 1980s by Hines and a world-famous climber and author John Long. Carolco agreed to pay Hines and Zatolokin a producers' fee of four hundred thousand dollars, and gave them co-producing credit. John Long received a "Based on a premise by..." credit. See more »

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This film takes place in Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains. When the villains use night vision, it shows their elevation as somewhere in the 3,000 ft range. However, even the lowest point in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is well above 3,000 feet. See more »

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Gabe: [burning the stolen money] It costs a fortune to heat this place.
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Cliffhanger A Decent Action Crime Adventure With Some Flaws
28 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cliffhanger is a decent action crime adventure with some flaws from director Renny Harlin whose admirable in making this movie about an expert climber who finds himself taken hostage with a fellow friend by a gang of dangerous criminals on the search for suit cases full of stolen cash in the Rocky Mountains. Sylvester Stallone is impressive as Gabe Walker the expert climber especially in the action/fight sequences but some of them definitely border on the line of unrealistic. For the sake of the film though I willing to suspend my disbelief. The rest of the cast including John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Rex Linn, Caroline Goodall, and Leon are respectable as the supporting characters in the movie. The action/fight sequences are well executed but as mentioned before some aren't very realistic no matter how tough you are. The climbing sequences however are very well done because instead of doing the whole film in a studio somewhere the locations they chose felt very real and the Ariel views of the mountain ranges are marvelous adding a touch of reality to the movie. The deaths are inventive while others are sort of predictable. The villains are solid but it would've been better if they had focused on a more central one instead of having many of them. The pacing of the movie was a little slow but the good outweighs the bad in this one. If you're a big fan of Harlins or Stallone's than chances are you'll enjoy this one too. Overall Cliffhanger has character development with enough action, drama, some suspense, excitement, thrills, and good performances by the cast who make this movie worth the time to watch.


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