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Cliffhanger

A movie directed by Renny Harlin

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DIDN'T LEAVE ME HANGING ON A CLIFF

  • Apr 16, 2000
Rating:
-1
Pros: low on the pro scale

Cons: not very believable

Since my foray into mountaineering with Into Thin Air, Everest, and Facing the Extreme I find this movie a personal affront. Not that you would ever find me on a mountain, but what they are trying to feed you is just to unbelievable.

The movie stars (?) Sylvester Stallone and Janine Turner (always a good look) as the good guys and John Lithgow as the bad guy (I'm beginning to wonder about him!). The original premise is Stallone and Turner are part of a climbing team that goes bad (Turner is a pilot once again) and it turns Stallone away from the mountain life. Next cut is an airplane full of bad guys with a WHOLE bunch of money. They attempt to leave the plane in midflight, not something I can understand - why would you do that on a mountain? The plane crashes - duh!

After putting out a distress call, claiming they are climbers lost in a sudden storm, a rescue team goes after them. Of course they find them immediately and this is where the unbelievable starts. We have people getting killed off right and left, avalanches, and some mountain climbing that makes you want to shove them off it. Picture Stallone, climbing the side of the mountain hand over hand, in a tee shirt (muscle type of course, why else would he wear it?), hands wrist deep in snow, a snow storm and yet he doesn't get cold. Even picking up that metal suitcase of money - you know as well as I do his little fingers would have froze to the durn thing.

Cut to people swinging precariously off the side of the mountain, helicopters crashing, people swinging from ropes and ladders both from the helicopter and from the mountain. The worst shot they give you is the matchup between Stallone and Lithgow - you know who is gonna win that war since it is physical and not mental.

Fortunately for this movie, Lithgow played his usual bad guy very well. He does have that evil Jack Nicholson look to him anyway. And after all, it did have Janine Turner in it.



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After a ranger (Sylvester Stallone) fails to rescue his partner's girlfriend from a tragic death in the Rocky Mountains, he leaves the rescue team to wrestle with his guilt. When he returns to reconcile his relationship with his own girlfriend, also a rescue ranger, he is drawn into one last mission. This time, the victims they are rescuing turn out to be deadly criminals who are hauling away a large amount of cash. Directed by Renny Harlin (DIE HARD 2) and also starring John Lithgow (as the villain) and Michael Rooker. Three Academy Award Nominations including Best Visual Effects.
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Cast: Bruce McGill
Director: Renny Harlin
Release Date: 1993
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (June 13, 2000)
Runtime: 1hr 53min
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