Cliffhanger (1993) Poster



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  • Ex-mountain rescue ranger Gabriel 'Gabe' Walker (Sylvester Stallone) is reluctantly called out of self-induced retirement to rescue a group of hikers stranded in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Accompanied by former coworkers -- rangers Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) and Jessie Deighan (Janine Turner) -- they go in rescue, not knowing that the 'hikers' are actually thieves who have just robbed a U.S. Treasury plane of $100,000,000 in uncirculated bills prior to crashing their plane, and what the thieves, led by former military intelligence agent Eric Qualen (John Lithgow), want is the rangers' help getting the money back. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Cliffhanger is based on an idea by American rock climber and author John Long. The idea was worked into a screenplay by American screenwriter Michael France and principal actor Sylvester Stallone. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • After Qualen lowers Jessie from the helicopter, he flies in closer to Gabe and orders him to toss the sack of money into the chopper. Instead, Gabe tosses it into the blades and, while Qualen tries to see through the shower of money, quickly attaches the chopper's dangling winch to the top of a metal ladder running down the side of the mountain. When Qualen regains visibility, he flies the copter at Gabe, who escapes by jumping over the side of the cliff and hanging on to the ladder. Qualen pulls the ladder away from the mountainside, but it remains tethered at the bottom, causing the chopper to crash upside down into the side of the cliff. Gabe loses his hold on the ladder and falls off, landing on the bottom of the dangling copter. Qualen climbs out and attacks Gabe. Suddenly, the ladder gives way, Gabe grabs the side of the cliff, and the helicopter falls to the ground below, sending Qualen to his death. Jessie and Hal toss Gabe a rope and pull him to the top of the cliff. In the final scene, the three of them await pickup by federal agents. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • To put it simply, the British version of this Stallone classic has been heavily censored. 22 scenes were altered and nearly 80 seconds of action sequences are missing. Edit (Coming Soon)


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