As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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
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Clint Eastwood preformed the sequence where his character hangs off the side of a mountain by a cable himself without the use of a stunt double. Eastwood later told film critic Roger Ebert, that during the films release he donned a disguise and slipped into a screening of the film to judge the audiences reactions. To Eastwood's dismay, during the sequence a woman sitting in front of him asked her friend, 'Gee, I wonder how they did that?' to which she responded, 'Special effects.'" See more »
(at around 44 mins) When Montaigne gets hit in the head and goes dead weight, his taught rope suddenly gets slack in Hemlock's grip. See more »
[after fighting and stepping on Popes hand]
Okay, you'll be alright now Pope. Of course you may have trouble playing the clarinet for awhile.
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Shot on location in the Alps and Zion National Park, the cinematography is first class. This is great large-screen fare.
While not without their hokey apects, the many climbing scenes and story are much more realistic than those of "K2", "Clifhanger", or God-help-us "Vertical Limit".
The spy part of the story certainly has some plot holes, and I purchased a copy of "The Eiger Sanction" by Trevanian just to get some of them straightened out, and got quite a surprise. The movie is much, much more faithful to the original book than the vast majority of Hollywood adaptations. Those holes in the story - well, they're right there in the book, too. Practically the only significant differences between the two are the relationship between Johathon and Wormwood, the final status of Johnathon and Jemima's relationship, and the fact that C2 is - in the novel
so totally inept as an intelligence organization as to be completely
unbeliveable, this is somewhat glossed over in the movie. Frankly the differences in all three situations are argueably done better in the movie.
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