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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 ...
Reporter
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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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EASTWOOD is the man . . Eiger is the location . . and the sanction - is a licence to kill! See more »


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Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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Box Office

Gross:

SEK 1,554,575 (Sweden)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of just a handful of Clint Eastwood movies in the spy / espionage genre. The films include Firefox (1982), Absolute Power (1997), The Eiger Sanction (1975) and In the Line of Fire (1993). See more »

Goofs

Dragon's secretary, Miss Cerberus's position next to Pope changes between shots after Jonathan (Clint Eastwood) tells her she looks "inviting today". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: You think it's so awful the other side has a germ formula? It's against the Geneva Convention, isn't it, and they stole it from us. Well what the hell are we doing with it in the first place? We're not supposed to have one either.
Jemima Brown: And you don't see any difference between their side and our side?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Yeah, I see a difference. But as long as we have Dragon and Pope working for us, how bad can the other side be?
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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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