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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Freytag (as Reiner Schoene)
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Jean-Pierre Bernard ...
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Elaine Shore ...
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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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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

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Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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SEK 1,554,575 (Sweden)
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According to local climber and mountain guides, when looking out and down the Eiger north face from the excavation tunnel's opening for the first time, Clint Eastwood cringed back onto safe ground saying "Let's get the sh..t out of here!" See more »

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After Dewayne is killed, his swollen and bloody lip from the beating given to him by Hemlock the day before is missing, even though it was still present at the resort just minutes before the chase in the desert where he is shot. See more »

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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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Climbing with Eastwood.

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock is a professor of art and expert mountaineer.He's also a long retired government assassin.There are two more "sanctions", or assassinations waiting for him.His boss, Dragon, an albinistic ex-Nazi who's kept alive by blood transfusions wants Hemlock to sanction two men responsible for the death of another government agent.He takes the job after he finds out the killed agent was his friend.His second target is an international climbing team about to ascend the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland.He must kill one of the mountain climbers, but it's not knows which one.Hemlock trains in Arizona at a mountain resort run by a friend, Ben Bowman.To get in shape, he must take lessons from a Native American woman called George.There's also another woman involved, an agency courier called Jemina Brown.She's used to seduce and betray Hemlock.The Eiger Sanction (1975) is a Clint Eastwood thriller.It's based on Rod Whitaker's novel.Eastwood also plays the lead, and he does a great job.George Kennedy acts with Clint for the second time playing Ben Bowman.Vonetta McGee plays Jemina Brown.Jack Cassidy is an enemy called Miles Mellough.Heidi Brühl is Mrs. Anna Montaigne.Thayer David portrays Dragon.Climbers Karl Freytag and Anderl Meyer are portrayed by Reiner Schöne and Michael Grimm.Brenda Venus is George.Gregory Walcott, known from four Eastwood films, portrays Pope.There are pretty many thrilling moments in this movie, especially at the Swiss Alps.There's the fear of falling down the mountain.It's quite funny when Jonathan trains with George at the Monument Valley.When he feels he can't go on anymore, George shows him her boobs.It's amazing to know that Eastwood did his own stunts.So it's Clint you see climbing up the mountain, not some stuntman.Not the very best Eastwood, but still a nice ride.


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