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.
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.
$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.
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.