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Cliffhanger | 1993 | R | - 1.8.7

Sylvester Stallone stars as an expert mountain climber forced to help a viciously psychotic villain (John Lithgow) recover 100 million dollars, scattered in three suitcases on assorted Rocky Mountain precipices. Michael Rooker and Janine Turner co-star.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Stallone does takes off his shirt -- repeatedly, despite sub-zero temperatures.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Naturally, since this is a film about mountains, a number of people fall (and fall) to their deaths, while the camera attentively follows their trajectories. Also, a number of people are riddled with bullets, some in slow motion, and some people are blown-up. Splattered blood is everywhere. There are also a number of violent fights with punching, kicking and stabbing, which look (and sound) very realistic. During one such fight, Stallone impales his adversary on a stalactite (it's the one pointing down) and holds him there for a while, while blood dribbles all over. A pack of wolves tries to chomp on an unconscious man -- who's dangling from a tree -- but nothing is shown. Stallone burns 33 million dollars, which may unnerve some people.


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LANGUAGE 7 - Lots of F-words and derivatives, used imaginatively.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, guilt, psychosis, evil and cold-blooded murder.

MESSAGE - You mustn't blame yourself, if you've done all you can to prevent an accident.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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