Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Renny Harlin, Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker

     
 

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In Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone plays Gabe Walker, a member of a mountain-climbing rescue team. Gabe is haunted by an incident from his past when he couldn't save the girlfriend of his best friend, Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker), from falling to her death. As the story begins, Gabe has left mountain-climbing rescue work and has set up business in Denver. HeSee more details below

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In Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone plays Gabe Walker, a member of a mountain-climbing rescue team. Gabe is haunted by an incident from his past when he couldn't save the girlfriend of his best friend, Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker), from falling to her death. As the story begins, Gabe has left mountain-climbing rescue work and has set up business in Denver. He returns to the mountain rescue office to persuade his lover, Jessie (Janine Turner), to quit and come back to Denver with him. While he is begging Jessie to head out to Denver, things are happening in the skies overhead. A gang of professional crooks headed by psychotic Eric Qualen (John Lithgow) has hijacked a U.S. Treasury plane carrying millions of dollars. But the plane crashes, and the bad guys find themselves stranded on top of a mountain with the money (put into three cases) scattered around the wreckage and with no way to get down off the pinnacle to retrieve the cases. They put in a phony distress call that is received by the mountain rescue team. Gabe agrees to take part in one last rescue attempt, and they head up to help rescue the thieves. But Qualen has plans for the rescuers -- to force them to climb through the dangerous snow-covered peaks to find the three suitcases of cash.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One film that really lives up to its title, Cliffhanger generates more high-octane action and nail-biting suspense than most adventure movies. It represents a welcome change of venue for megastar Sylvester Stallone, generally seen plying his trade in urban locations. Here he plays a rugged mountain man whose flagging self-confidence is tested when criminals invade his snow-covered domain. John Lithgow portrays the ruthless leader of a gang responsible for the theft of $100 million, which has been accidentally lost in the Rockies. Stallone, forced to help Lithgow locate the swag, attempts to outsmart the crooks before the loot can be recovered. Director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea), shooting in Italy's picturesque Dolemite mountains (standing in for the Rockies), skillfully deploys his cameras to capture a succession of dizzying action sequences replete with heart-stopping stunts. Not overburdened with plot, Cliffhanger succeeds admirably in its primary purpose: keeping viewers on the edge of their seats.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
UPC:
0043396336216
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Exclusive: movie iq and bd-live connect you to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie; Commentary with director Renny Harlin and Sylvester Stallone; Technical crew commentary; A personal introduction from director Renny Harlin; Deleted scenes; Making-of featurette: Stallone on the edge; Special effects featurettes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Gabe Walker
John Lithgow Eric Qualen
Michael Rooker Hal Tucker
Janine Turner Jessie Deighan
Rex Linn Travers
Paul Winfield Walter Wright
Ralph Waite Frank
Caroline Goodall Kristel
Leon Kynette
Craig Fairbrass Delmar
Denis Forest Heldon
Michelle Joyner Sarah
Max Perlich Evan
Mindy Marin Actor
Gregory Scott Cummins Ryan
Zach Grenier Davis
Vyto Ruginis Matheson
Don S. Davis Stuart
Scott Hoxby Agent Hayes
John Finn Agent Michaels
Bruce McGill Treasury Agent
Rosemary Dunsmore Treasury Secretary
Kim Robillard Treasury Jet Pilot
Jeff McCarthy Pilot

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director,Producer
John Bruno Special Effects
Tim Cooney Musical Direction/Supervision
Simon Crane Stunts
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director
Jim Davidson Associate Producer
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Michael France Original Story,Screenwriter
Gene Hines Co-producer,Screenwriter
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Neil Krepela Special Effects
Mindy Marin Casting
Alan Marshall Producer
Terry Miller Asst. Director
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Munafo Associate Producer
John Richardson Special Effects
David Rotman Co-producer
Lynwood Spinks Producer
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
John Vallone Production Designer
Christian Wagener Art Director
James R. Zatolokin Co-producer

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