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Cliffhanger
ID:
1993
Comments:
Director: Renny Harlin
Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone, John Long, Michael France
Producer:
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Rex Linn
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 113
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French
Features:
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Jan 2010 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$24.95]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  Cliffhanger was a 1994 comeback of sorts for action hero Sylvester Stallone, this time thanks to director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master) and some spectacularly rugged and vertigo-inducing high- mountain terrain. The opening sequence alone delivers what the title promises, and there's a doozy of an airplane stunt that was later reprised, with modifications, in Air Force One. Stallone, looking as tough and craggy as the mountains themselves, is a rescue climber who finds himself going after a gang of crooks (headed by John Lithgow in his bad-guy mode) who've hijacked a U.S. Treasury plane and crash landed in the Rockies (played by the Italian Dolomites) with millions of bucks. Outrageous action-packed, snow-packed, and scenery-packed chase sequences (featuring whirring helicopters, whooshing skis, popping gunfire, and clanging pitons that earned the movie Oscar nominations for sound and sound editing) take full advantage of the digital video disc's Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. --Jim Emerson


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