Cliffhanger (1993)

 cliffhanger“Kill a few people, they call you a murderer. Kill a million and you’re a conqueror. ” – Eric Qualen

Number of Times Seen No clue –  (Theater in 1994, cable, video, Dvd and 28 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a mid-air heist goes wrong, the robbers take two mountain rangers hostage in order to recover the missing cases of money.

My Take on it – This movie is another film that tried to copy the success of previous movies in the one man against terrorist genre (like Die Hard (1988) ) and actually does quite a good job with it.

Sylvester Stallone was actually a very good choice for the lead role here.

This movie is filled with lots of great action sequences and it feels like it has been injected with a fresh and innovative take on the genre.

Janine Turner, Ralph Waite and Michael Rooker are all great in supporting roles but John Lithgow over shadows them as he does an excellent job playing the main villain in a very over the top fashion which is more comical than menacing; but that’s actually why he is so great.

Such a fun action adventure movie!

Bottom Line – Great action thriller that is fun and inventive and works on most levels. Stallone was a great choice for the lead and Turner, Waite and Rooker are great in supporting roles. Lithgow is a bit over the top as the villain, but is still loveable because of it. Has some spectacular action scenes. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the costliest aerial stunt ever performed. The scene in which Travers crosses from one jet to the other at a height of 15,000 feet was done without the aid of any safety devices or trick photography. The insurance company underwriting the film refused to insure a stunt man for this, so Sylvester Stallone offered to reduce his own fee for the movie by the amount that the stunt cost to produce in order that the film could be made. The stunt was performed by Simon Crane. Because of the extremely dangerous nature of the stunt, it was only performed once. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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12 thoughts on “Cliffhanger (1993)

  1. Good review. I haven’t seen this in a while, but I remember at once of Stallone’s better stand-alone films. Perhaps, Demolition Man beats it. I didn’t know about that stunt trivia. Thanks. That was really interesting. David is right, that emotional beginning set the stage really well.


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