Cliffhanger (1993) – Encore Review 2

“[to Tucker after Gabe has apparently been swept off the mountain during an avalanche] Your friend just had the most expensive funeral in history… ” – Eric Qualen

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count – (Theater in 1994, cable, video, DVD, 28 Jul 2015, 17 Oct 2018 and 4 Aug 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After terrorists get trapped in the Rockies following their attempt to steal millions from a Treasury Airplane, a group of Rocky Mountain Rescue workers must try and stop them.

My Take on it – This is such a fun film that works on so many levels.

Sylvester Stallone does a wonderful job in teh lead role and helps make things feel so realsitic in the way it all plays out.

The film is shot in a breathtaking way which adds to the suspense and thrills of it all the whole way through.

John Lithgow is so much fun as the bad guy even with his over the top accent and performance which makes him both menacing and silly at the same time.

The film’s score by Trevor Jones enhances things so much and helps keep it so enjoyable to watch throughout.

This is a film that is great to watch on the small screen, but I recall seeing it in the theater 28 years ago and it’s hard to beat that kind of experience.

The supporting cast is also great with Caroline Goodall, Janine Turner, Ralph Waite and Michael Rooker adding so much flavor to the way that the story plays out.

The story adds conflicts between the characters that are supposedly on the same side and that adds so much to the dynamics of it all in ways one could never expect.

The action scenes are shot in very thrilling ways that helps keep the viewer on the edge of their seat the whole way through.

This is one of the very best Die Hard doppelganger films!

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The credits include a message which explains that the Black Diamond harness used in the opening scene was specially modified so that it would fail. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (upgrade from original review)


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