AMC: Top 5 Sly Stallone Movies

On April 30, 2010, the AMC Movie Blog posted their choices for The Five Best Movies of Sylvester Stallone.  Here are their choices and a little of the rationale for selection:

5.  Demolition Man: …Nothing about this movie should work — dated jokes about Taco Bell, a ridiculous time-travel setup — but it work it does, from start to finish. Credit Stallone’s amusing fish-out-of-water performance…

4. Cliffhanger: …Die Hard on a mountain, Cliffhanger is as cool as it sounds… Stallone reminds us why he’s one of the best action stars ever. He radiates intensity.

3. Copland: …Stallone turned his career around with this serious (and underappreciated) drama…

2. Rambo: No. We’re not talking about the original — that’s First Blood. We’re not even talking about Rambo: First Blood II, the sequel. While we love those both, this bare-bones, bloody action film ranks as one of the best flicks in years..

1. Rocky: Not just Stallone’s best but also one of Hollywood’s best…

If I were making the list Rocky Balboa would have been near the top forcing Demolition Man off the list.  And while it may not be one of Sly’s Top 5 best, Get Carter still is one of my favorites.  To see AMC’s whole post with all of their comments as well as some Stallone movies that nearly made it to the Top 5, then click here.

Empire Talks to Sly

On October 1, 2009, Empire, posted “Stallone on Death Wish Remake plus Cliffhanger Remake and Poe Biopic”.  Here’s a bit of what Sly had to say:

  • On a “Death Wish” remake:  “I’m thinking about it… It’s a classic morality tale, where you take a civilised man and take away everything that matters to him so he becomes primitive again.”
  • On “Poe”:  “I keep telling my producer Avi Lerner, ‘Make Edgar Allan Poe!’ He says, ‘Does he have a gun?’ ‘No, he doesn’t have a gun’, ‘Can he throw a knife?’ I say, ‘No, he writes poetry!’
  • Will Sly play Poe?:  “Of course, I’m not playing Poe. ‘Yo, Poe!’ It won’t work! It’ll be some young actor because he dies at 39, but it’s gonna happen.”
  • On a proposed “Cliffhanger” sequel: “I hear they’re gonna remake it… You know you’ve been around when they start to remake your own movies when you’re still alive.”

You can read the full article here. [Gerardo Moreno made the teaser photo which first appeared on the StalloneZone here.]

“Cliffhanger 2” Speculation

Will Sly return to the role of Gabe Walker for “Cliffhanger 2”? There’s renewed speculation that it could become a reality. Alex Billington of attended a screening of the 1987 cult classic “Monster Squad” and in attendance were the film’s writer, Shane Black and director, Fred Dekker. During the Q&A session, Dekker said he was currently working on the screenplay to “Cliffhanger 2”.  Unfortunately, Dekker didn’t elaborate on the screenplay, so we don’t know much else.  

“Cliffhanger 2” could be written as a starring vehicle for Sly, it could be written as a reboot with a cameo by Stallone, or even with totally new characters.   One of the things that was shocking about the original was that it opened with a failed rescue and what could have been a major character died.  They wouldn’t kill off Gabe in the opening would they?  Of couse, that, like most everything else in’s post and’s follow up is pure speculation.

Cliffhanger 2, Too?

On February 16th, 2008, reported that Sly was in negotiations to bring back Gabe Walker from “Cliffhanger” in a sequel tentatively titled “The Dam.” This is a concept that has been around for a while, but perhaps the time is right for Walker’s return. For the full story, click HERE. – Craig

SZ and Warner Bros. “Driven” Contest Winners





1. SYLVESTER STALLONE plays Champ racer Joe Tanto in Driven. What is the name of the movie that starred SLY as a racer named Joe Viterbo?  DEATH RACE 2000

2. RENNY HARLIN is directing SLY in Driven. What is the name of the movie that first paired SLY and RENNY?  CLIFFHANGER

3. SLY wrote the screenplay for Driven. What was SLY‘s original title for the film?  CHAMPS

4. SLY is an accomplished actor, director, and screenwriter. What movie did SLY write that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?  ROCKY

5. SLY seems to like 5 letter names for his characters. Name three of his characters that have five letters in their last name and the name ends with an “o.”  RAMBO, TANGO and TANTO

6. Most people think that Rocky was SLY‘s first feature film screenplay that sold. It was his second! What was the name of his first?  PARADISE ALLEY

7. The “tag line” for Driven is “Welcome to the Human Race.” What was the tag line for SLY‘s last film, Get Carter“THE TRUTH HURTS”

8. SLY teams with an international cast in Driven. What actor made his US debut with SLY in Nighthawks?  RUTER HAUER

9. Actors and actresses who work with SLY quite often get noticed and move on to stardom [ANNE ARCHER, ARMAND ASSANTE, TOM SIZEMORE, BENJAMIN BRATT, etc.). Who was the actress who got her big break working with SLY in Demolition Man?  SANDRA BULLOCK

10. What is YOUR favorite SYLVESTER STALLONE movie, and why?  This one had no right/wrong answer and here are the movies that made the list (in alphabetical order): Cliffhanger, Cop Land, Daylight, First Blood, Lock Up, Lords of Flatbush, Over the Top, Rambo II, Rambo III, Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Tango & Cash.


The Winners!

1. Melissa Knollman 2. Marks Mail 3. Nicholas King 4. Kyle Riley 5. Tony Camm 6. Alan Sears 7. Jillian Decker 8. Troy Barwick 9. Crystal Coger 10. Mike Russo

I would like to thank Ms. Lifrieri and Warner Bros. for their assistance in making this contest possible. Winners can expect their posters in the next few weeks!

– Craig Zablo (April 1, 2001)




In the June 20, 2000 issue of The National Enquirer there is a tidbit about SYLVESTER STALLONE in an article by Alan Smith, titled “Lust and Love in H’wood: Producer Bares All in Tattletale Book.” The article discusses American Rhapsody, the new book, by Joe Eszterhaus. Eszterhaus the well-known screenwriter of movies such as “Basic Instinct,” “Flashdance, and “F.I.S.T.” has written a tell-all account which has “Hollywood… quaking in their boots over the revelations.” According to the article, which provides a peek at some of the celebrities dissed or uh, discussed in the book; after the completion of “F.I.S.T.,” SLY “approached Eszterhaus and said that he wanted to be Jesus Christ in a movie.”
If the Stallone incident is an example of a story that will “bare all and have Hollywood quaking”… I think that the book will go the way of “Showgirls!”
-Craig Zablo
In the June 23, 2000 issue of Entertainment Weekly there is an article about special edition DVDs by Scott Brown entitled, “Isn’t That Special.” The article discusses directors who favor the extra treatment their films can get on DVD as well as some of the extras the discs include. In addition to the mention of the “Cliffhanger” special edition DVD which is now available, the article also quotes Renny Harlin about what we can look forward to on the “Champs” DVD! Renny is “already planning custom photography for the DVD release of his next movie, the Sylvester Stallone car-racing actioner tentatively titled “Champs” – though shooting hasn’t yet begun.” “The audience will be able to choose whether they want to watch the actor driving or look at what the actor is seeing through the windshield,” says Harlin, who adds that he adores DVD and the creative flexibility it affords him. “I’d say I have about 100 percent creative control (over my special editions)… I’ll take the blame and I’ll take the glory.”
This absolutely is good news!
-Craig Zablo

(June 20, 2000)

Stallone Quote Me

The Spring 2000 issue (#540) of Entertainment Weekly contains two caracatures and tidbits about SLY. The following is the first item.


“I had a couple of scenes where the wind was so cold, my face was swollen shut. I couldn’t articulate – and I don’t articulate that well anyway.”

My feeling is that “Get Carter” may surpass the success of “Cliffhanger.”

– Craig Zablo
[May 20, 2000]

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