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9. A Stuntman Really Cliff-Hung - Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger Stunt
TriStar Pictures

When Sylvester Stallone made Cliffhanger back in 1993, the special effects industry was yet to come on the leaps and bounds it has since, so practical approaches were far more attractive to ensure the right levels of realism. Looking back, you can see why a film about mountain climbing that involved that many stunts probably looked daunting to the stunts team...

They would have been particularly terrified when it came to the film's set-piece stunt, which saw stuntman Simon Crane zip-lining between two planes at high altitude. He was paid $1m (out of Stallone's own pocket, according to popular thought) and made it into the Guiness Book Of Records for the most expensive aerial stunt ever performed. No CGI, just a man on a wire.

Hopefully, the money went some way to making the flashbacks a little easier to ignore.


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