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August 7, 2017
When I first saw this film back in 1993 on cinema release I was blown away by the cinematography of the mountain locations that added impetus to the stuntwork and action scenes.
Some of that impact is lost on the small screen but the film still is an action packed thriller with plenty of great set pieces including a stunt that cost over $1 million back in 1993!
Sylvester Stallone is the main star as mountain rescuer Gabe Walker. Stallone still packs a punch (as in the Rocky franchise) and his mangled physique of later films hasn't kicked in!
The cast also includes the old guy (now no longer with us) of the television series The Waltons as a fellow rescuer or helicopter pilot Frank and John Lithgow in a delightful performance as the main villain Qualen.
I found a henchman quite laughable. The cockney character played by Craig Fairbrass who some people may remember as Dan Sullivan off the UK TV soap Eastenders.
The stunt work is a delight (provided by veterans of the James Bond films) and Stallone gave up some of his salary to ensure stunt work could be funded.
1993 was a good year for Stallone and was probably his last great year as an action heavyweight before he frankly became embarrassingly old.
The film perhaps finds some motivation from films like The Eiger Sanction and itself went on to provide impetus to Vertical Limit.
An entertaining film.
June 29, 2017
An unintentional comedy! John Lithgow's performance is the campiest thing you'll see in a month of Sundays. The film should have been titled "Rambo in the Rockies".
April 9, 2017
After a shock opening sequence it takes a while to settle back into the movie, such is the effectiveness of the scene.
The icey cold roller coaster of a movie that follows is engaging and entertaining despite John Lithgow's slightly too moustache twirling villain. A great Stallone movie.
½ February 25, 2017
The villains are so so stupid, its actually hilarious to watch their moronic antics. All those cheeseheads deserved to die hahaha...
January 29, 2017
Harlins best effort. Kick ass action movie
December 29, 2016
Action-packed and adventurous, but also cheesy at times. (First and only viewing - 9/14/2016)
½ November 12, 2016
Pretty much die hard 2 with Stallone just not as fun the plot could of used some simple rewrites characters are fine it's not an big movie and just an straight forward action film directing is fine some nice shots it does get boring after awhile acting is fine the opening sequence is the best part Stallone is fine in it overall it's worth an watch if you really into Stallone films
½ October 19, 2016
Cliffhanger has extraordinary action scenes, good visual effects and entertaining story.
½ August 8, 2016
Cliffhanger is a truly classic action movie. It's got all the best elements, including a humble, but brave hero, a hateful villain, a little bit of love, gut-wrenching action sequences, and all set against the spectacular Rockies. It also packs some great quotes!
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2016
A typical Stallone film, Old fashioned action film except never shooting a gun, Good story, Some solid effects for its time, Stallone was great one of his better films away from Rocky, Rambo and Expendables series.
April 20, 2016
Cliffhanger (1993) ???
$100,000,000 lost in the mountains; bad guys after it, Stallone caught in the middle of it who just happened to be climbing there. First-rate action movie is intense, populated by colorful, entertaining characters, crackling action, phenomenal, never-before-seen use of mountain photography and special effects that look real! Plus an opening scene that will have you at the edge of your seat! So much skill in the technical side is going on that you won't realize the story is pretty simple.
½ March 22, 2016
You have got to be kidding to me. I'm a rock climber. This was fiction, misfacts, and a poorly guided venture into what constitutes mountaineering.
½ March 19, 2016
A nearly perfect 90s action film. Real stunts and sets really sell the film and the acting is surprisingly good. Characters can be a little thin but it works for what it is.
January 18, 2016
A mediocre Action Film, but Stallone and the action shine together
January 11, 2016
Eric Qualen (John Lithgow) hijacks a plane delivering $100,000,000 to a Denver credit union with a group of professional thieves. They hit a snag, crash land and use the local mountain rescue team to help them find the cash spread across the surrounding mountains. During the hunt, Gabe (Sylvester Stallone) one of the mountain guides grabs some of the cash and makes a run for it. Knowing that Qualen (Lithgow) will kill his fellow ranger Hal (Michael Rooker) as soon as they find the last case, Gabe races the group to reach the money.

Great lines, heartless bad guys and a story line that just makes sense; Cliffhanger is a classic depiction of the action/adventure genre of the early 90s. Well worth 112 minutes of your time.
January 9, 2016
Well above average for the genre.
January 9, 2016
I can't believe all the negative reviews! Loved this movie!
½ December 14, 2015
Sly's best out and out action film. It is a superbly enjoyable movie with some interesting characters, solid performances and Renny Harlins direction is stylishly assured. Stallone is rarely this interesting in his action films and he certainly looks the part in terms of the action scenes. This was one of the best action films of 1993 and one of the most thrilling and enjoyable of the 90's, a definite genre classic. As a Stallone fan this is one I look back on with fond memories. Plenty of superb action and Sly in prime action man form. Action lovers appreciate this film because it has all the hallmarks that make a good aciton film. The film looks great and there is great support from Janine Turner, Michael Rooker and John Lithgow
½ September 11, 2015
Saw this with my parents in Hawaii we all really enjoyed this one
September 6, 2015
An under rated 90s Stallone action film that's actually kind of awesome
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