The Eiger Sanction (1975)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  21 May 1975 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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


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Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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SEK 1,554,575 (Sweden)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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This is the only film that John Williams has scored for Clint Eastwood. He was suggested by the studio and the producers of the film, Richard Zanuck and David Brown, after Jaws and because Williams knew that Eastwood was a huge fan of jazz; he did incorporate that style into his score which also features a classical. more traditional orchestral sound. See more »


When Hemlock is shown on top of the hill near the mountain resort where they will climb the Eiger, the down wash from the helicopter filming the shot as it approaches him can be seen blowing the grass around him as well as his clothes and hair. See more »


Ben Bowman: What got into Jean-Paul?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: I don't know. A little jumpy, I guess.
Ben Bowman: You been jumping his wife?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: No, why?
Ben Bowman: You sure?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Well, I think it's something I'd know.
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A very risking and dangerous movie to make.
8 November 2005 | by (Lagos, Nigeria) – See all my reviews

I love this movie, Like Play Misty For Me this is a different kind of Clint Eastwood movie which is not a western or a cop movie. This is an espionage thriller with a surprise ending. He plays an assassin who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his friend. In order to catch the unidentified killer he must participate in a mountain climbing expedition which the killer is also participating. Clint really took a big chance while making this movie. He did all the dangerous mountain climbing stunts. If I was directing and starring in a movie I wouldn't do a stunt that is dangerous. I urge Clint Eastwood fans to watch this movie, they won't be disappointed.

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