Renny Harlin's "Cliffhanger" has something for everyone: Sylvester Stallone, mountain climbing, Italy pretending to be the Rocky Mountains, stoner base jumpers, an iconic cold-open death scene, horses, "wolves," terrible accents, avalanches, and blood ... so much blood.
This week, "Second Run" took a second look at the 1993 action-thriller "Cliffhanger" and decided that the title is far more literal than it is descriptive of the movie's suspenseful nature -- mostly because it's not suspenseful at all. But thrilling? Oh yes, it is thrilling! Topics discussed include confusingly elaborate (but exciting!) fight choreography, predictable dialogue, avuncular character deaths, and the woefully miscast John Lithgow.
Tune in next time, when we dive deep into the 1999 dark comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous," starring Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Denise Richards, Alison Janney, Kirsten Dunst, and ... wait for it ... Amy Adams.
Listen to Second Run: A Movie Lover's Podcast Episode 27: 'Cliffhanger' (1993)Total runtime: 52:55
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Outdoor thriller in which a former mountain rescuer is pitted against a group of criminals who have lost their $100 million stash during a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. After being persuaded to help rescue a group of stranded hikers, he discovers that they are in fact a gang of violent robbers who need help to locate their missing loot. Read More