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The Eiger Sanction (1975)

A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

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Miles Mellough
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Mrs. Montaigne (as Heidi Bruhl)
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Dragon
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Freytag (as Reiner Schoene)
Michael Grimm ...
Meyer
Jean-Pierre Bernard ...
Montaigne
Brenda Venus ...
George
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Art Student
Elaine Shore ...
Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard ...
Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn ...
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Jonathan Hemlock is an art history professor and collector who finances his hobby by performing the odd sanction (assassination) for an obscure government bureau. He is forced to take a case where he must find out which of the members of a mountain climbing team is the Russian killer he has been given as a target by joining an expedition to climb the treacherous Eiger. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Revenge atop a Swiss Mountain... one of his team is a killer but who? See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

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Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the names of characters were originally inside jokes; for example, in the novel the full name of the character 'Dragon' is 'Urassis Dragon' ("Your Ass is dragging"). Also, Hemlock (the name of the assassin) is a poison. See more »

Goofs

In the hotel at the foot of the Eiger, Jonathan looks out the window to see Pope surrounded by people at the outside tables yet in the long shot of the climbing team, the outside area is empty, yet when Jonathan goes outside to meet Pope, the area is again filled with people. See more »

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Jonathan Hemlock: And why am I the only one who can perform this sanction?
Dragon: First, do you accept the assignment?
Jonathan Hemlock: Yes, I accept!
Jonathan Hemlock: What we have is this: the target is male, he is an accomplished mountain climber. We learned this from a note we intercepted. Also, a witness said he limped.
Jonathan Hemlock: Well, that's fine. Now all I have to do is kill every mountain climber with a sore foot.
Dragon: Not quite. Our man will be involved in a climb in the Alps this summer.
Jonathan Hemlock: Oh, you're getting warm now, Dragon. That narrows it down to three or ...
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Another "forgotten" Eastwood that deserves more attention
10 December 2002 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

As a die-hard Clint Eastwood fan you've probably seen this spy/action/thriller already, but for those who only now discover the work of this great director/actor, check it out - it's well worth it.

This film was made in the mid-seventies and it shows in every frame. The decidedly non-political correctness in the scenes with the obviously gay guy, portrayed by Jack Cassidy (whose lapdog is appropriately named "faggot" and has a hilarious scene humping Eastwood's leg); with the Indian girl (Eastwoods laconic snarl "Screw Marlon Brando" is unforgettable); with the "black chick" (says Eastwood to the Afro-American actress Vonetta McGee) might turn off some of today's viewers or bring the film on the map for viewers who have grown up with Rap Music and consider the occasional four-letter word in "8 Mile" already daring.

The story itself is not really important (a classic spy/action thriller with a twist) but the camera direction is superb and Eastwood's well-known love for Jazz music seaps through occasionally. Today's movies are called movies for a reason - they are no longer "films" (like this one), where time is taken to tell a story and explore it in its own leisure fashion.


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