May 28th, 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.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.2/10 (47,784 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Renny Harlin

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker

Whilst crossing a ledge, 4000 feet above the earth, Gabe's friend's equiptment 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 infact looking for three boxes filled with $100,000,000 and they need mountain ranger to lead them to them!!

Writers: John Long, Michael France

Sylvester Stallone - Gabe Walker
John Lithgow - Eric Qualen
Michael Rooker - Hal Tucker
Janine Turner - Jessie Deighan
Rex Linn - Richard Travers
Caroline Goodall - Kristel - Jet Pilot
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 - Brett

Taglines: Hang on!

Release Date: 28 May 1993

Filming Locations: Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Box Office Details

Budget: $65,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $255,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Paramount was forced to pay out an additional $750,000 to three separate writers who were all claiming credit for the story.

Continuity: 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.

Gabe Walker: I've been working up in Denver.
BASE Jumper 1: Work? Don't say that word man!
Evan: Man, I hate work. Even when somebody else is doing it.

User Review

Almost Stallone's best

Rating: 9/10

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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