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The Eiger Sanction (1975)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Miles Mellough
Heidi Brühl ...
Mrs. Montaigne (as Heidi Bruhl)
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Dragon
Reiner Schöne ...
Freytag (as Reiner Schoene)
Michael A. Grimm ...
Meyer (as Michael Grimm)
Jean-Pierre Bernard ...
Montaigne
Brenda Venus ...
George
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Pope
Candice Rialson ...
Art Student
Elaine Shore ...
Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard ...
Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn ...
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Storyline

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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HIS LIFELINE - held by the assassin he hunted. See more »


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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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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 »

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(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 »

Quotes

Jonathan Hemlock: [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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Beautiful location photography
4 April 2004 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

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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