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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

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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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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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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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SEK 1,554,575 (Sweden)
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The revolver which falls out of Hemlock's pack when he kicks it over at the end is a Smith & Wesson Model 40 Centennial .38 Special. See more »

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When urged to cut his line, Hemlock carefully removes his gloves, but they are back on later. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: You betrayed the both of us in Asia, and we lived, no thanks to you. Now you people have killed Henri in Zurich.
Miles Mellough: I didn't actually kill him, you know.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Well I probably won't *actually* kill you.
Miles Mellough: That's very little comfort.
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It's good film with an unexpected ending, an excellent performance from Eastwood.
18 May 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Jonathan Hemlock" (Clint Eastwood) is a professor of art history, which previously led a dangerous double life as a murderer in the pay for a secret international organization. However, now is blackmailed into carrying out one last mission: the victim is one of three people attempting the ascent of the Eiger, a dangerous peak in the Swiss Alps.

Clint Eastwood works well in front of and behind the camera in this great action thriller, full of interesting dialogue, as well as excellent climbing action scenes in which Eastwood himself constantly had to face death (and it had cost the life of one of the specialists).

The film has a superb background music of John Williams and some beautiful scenery and good supporting actors like George Kennedy (who had worked with one year earlier Eastwood in "Thunderbolt & Lightfood"), sensual Brenda Venus and hateful Gregory Walcott playing "Pope", who is a goofy messenger of "C2" (intelligence company where Eastwood works). From the Grand Canyon, passing through Zurich to the Alps, the film is a demonstration of force that Eastwood has to tell a good story without falling into the topics are quite characteristic of this genre.

It's good film with an unexpected ending, an excellent performance from Eastwood.


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