After a few comedy flops Sylvester Stallone's A-list status was hanging on his next project. Luckily Cliffhanger proved to be a fantastic return to form.
In this commentary we discuss this Renny Harlin directed movie, from 1993, written by John Long, Michael France, and Stallone himself. Co-starring John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, and Rex Linn, and with stellar visual effects from Boss Film Studios.
On this track we cover:
- The demise of the classic action movie
- What happend to the old action stars?
- Visual effects on the cusp of the digital revolution
- The story of Carolco
- Mountain climbing films
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Participants: David Bjerre and Dennis Rosenfeld.
Day of recording: March 29th, 2012.
Version: Bluray or NTSC DVD
Movie runtime: 1:53:00
|Stallone. Back in his element.|
|The bad guys. Oh, and Michael Rooker.|
|1) Stallone in the studio. Helicopter sweeps through the frame, to reveal: 2) Stallone's double on a real mountain.|
|Joyner, Rooker, and Stallone in the studio.|
|Stallone's double, Rooker, and Joyner on location.|
|The famous aerial stunt.|
|A less than convincing model.|
|Artificial sense of height. There's a Wal-Mart just below the cliff.|
|Studio cliff, with front projection background.|
|Matte painted cliff.|
|The fake-looking ice-bridge set.|
|Model cliff, model chopper, Stallone puppet, CGI rotor.|
Cinefex No. 54, May 1993, article by Debra Kaufman
Making a Movie Out of a Mountain, by Bill Stall. Link.
Going Over The Edge with Sylvester Stallone, by Dirck Halstea. Link.
Bluray/DVD special features.
The real story behind Cliffhanger. Link.
About Carolco Pictures. Link 1. Link 2. Link 3.
The story of Gale Force. Link.
Michael Rooker interview. Link.