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The Eiger Sanction (1975)

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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Miles Mellough
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Mrs. Montaigne (as Heidi Bruhl)
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Dragon
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Freytag (as Reiner Schoene)
Michael Grimm ...
Meyer
Jean-Pierre Bernard ...
Montaigne
Brenda Venus ...
George
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Pope
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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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Revenge atop a Swiss Mountain... one of his team is a killer but who? See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The shoot marked the last time that anyone was allowed to climb the "Totem Pole" in Monument Valley. In return for permission to film there, climbers with the production had to remove all of the pitons, which had accumulated from years of climbing, on their way down. See more »

Goofs

On the practice/training climb on the rock column in Monument Valley, Hemlock is shown climbing 'up' and using existing anchor points, yet it is claimed that no one has climbed the formation before. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jonathan Hemlock: You know that art collection of mine's not going to get any bigger, but I'd sure like to have you take a long look at it.
Jemima Brown: I thought you'd never ask. I'll get two tickets. Jonathan, you can tell me. You didn't really sanction all three of them, did you?
Jonathan Hemlock: [just a long hard look]
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Referenced in Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) See more »

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Great film
20 November 2005 | by (South Korea) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. The only reason I cannot give it a 9 or 10 is because the premise is just a bit too unbelievable. Eastwood is a stud for doing his own stunts. The climbing sequences had a few minor errors, but all considered, the most accurate movie adaptation of climbing with the possible exception of "Storm and Sorrow". I felt like I was there with the climbers, cold and scared and forced to continue. The dialogue on the mountain is "rock" solid.

If you're looking for a well-developed action flick with a dash of spy stuff, watch this movie. Eastwood has done so many great movies that it's hard to rank this one- it's not his best, but it is wonderful.


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