Genre Grandeur – Cliffhanger (1993) – Encore Review 3 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Die Hard Doppelganger Movies, here’s a review of Cliffhanger (1993) by me.

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“If your looking for Qualen, try about 4,000 feet south of here. He’ll be the one wearing the helicopter. ” – Hal Tucker

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count – (Theater in 1994, cable, video, DVD, 28 Jul 2015, 17 Oct 2018, 4 Aug 2021 and 29 Jun 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – After hijacking a government plane with millions of dollars on board, a group of terrorists must try and find the three suitcases of missing money that has been scattered over the Rocky Mountains

My Take on it – Such a fun film that manages to show Sylvester Stallone as a John McClane type of character, instead of a larger than life one like Rambo.

The film fits perfectly into this genre and that adds to the suspense as Stallone and his colleagues must try and find a way to thwart the plans of John Lithgow and his minions.

The action scenes work really well and they are able to find a way to keep things so thrilling from start to finish.

The cold weather setting along with the mountain climbing scenes are so amazing to watch and Renny Harlin does an amazing job making the viewer feel both the location and the cold the whole way through.

Stallone and Lithgow are helped along by a great supporting cast including Janine Turner, Michael Rooker, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, and Rex Linn.

Lithgow plays this villain in a great over the top way which enhances the story because he is so fascinating and demented to watch whenever he has screen time.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During one climbing scene, Renny Harlin complained that the safety lines were visible, so the stuntman performed the climbing without any safety lines. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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