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Director:
Writers:
Hal Dresner (screenplay) &
Warren Murphy (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 May 1975 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
HIS LIFELINE - held by the assassin he hunted. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Overlooked Eastwood gem! See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Jonathan Hemlock

George Kennedy ... Ben Bowman

Vonetta McGee ... Jemima Brown

Jack Cassidy ... Miles Mellough
Heidi Brühl ... Mrs. Montaigne (as Heidi Bruhl)

Thayer David ... Dragon
Reiner Schöne ... Freytag (as Reiner Schoene)
Michael A. Grimm ... Meyer (as Michael Grimm)
Jean-Pierre Bernard ... Montaigne
Brenda Venus ... George

Gregory Walcott ... Pope
Candice Rialson ... Art Student
Elaine Shore ... Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard ... Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn ... Reporter
Walter Kraus ... Kruger
Frank Redmond ... Wormwood
Siegfried Wallach ... Hotel Manager
Susan Morgan Cooper ... Buns (as Susan Morgan)
Jack Frey ... Cab Driver

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Hal Dresner (screenplay) &
Warren Murphy (screenplay) (as Warren B. Murphy) &
Rod Whitaker (screenplay)

Rod Whitaker (novel) (as Trevanian)

Produced by
David Brown .... executive producer
Robert Daley .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Frank Stanley (director of photography)
William N. Clark (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hairstylist: United States (as Janice Clark)
Joe McKinney .... makeup artist
Agnese Panarotto .... hairstylist: Switzerland
 
Production Management
Mario Pisani .... unit manager: Switzerland
Fred R. Simpson .... unit production manager: United States (as Fred Simpson)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager: Switzerland (as Wallace Worsley)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Fargo .... first assistant director (as Jim Fargo)
Craig Huston .... second assistant director: United States
Victor Tourjansky .... second assistant director: Switzerland
 
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master: United States (as Larry Bird)
Joe Chevalier .... property master: Switzerland
Aurelio Crugnola .... art director: Switzerland
John M. Dwyer .... set decorations-United States (as John Dwyer)
George C. Webb .... art director: United States (as George Webb)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound rerecording (as Robert Hoyt)
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Earl Madery .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ben McMahan .... special effects (as Ben Mc Mahan)
 
Stunts
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Buddy Bowles .... gaffer (as Bud Bowles)
Bruce Catlin .... camera assistant
Don Christie .... stillman: United States
William N. Clark .... camera operator (as Bill Clark)
John Cleare .... photographer: mountain sequences
Mike Hoover .... photographer: mountain sequences
Bud Howell .... key grip
Peter Pilafian .... photographer: mountain sequences
Jim Porter .... best boy
J.J. Rayman .... stillman: Switzerland
Frank Redmond .... camera assistant
Tim Ryan .... second grip
Jeff Schoolfield .... photographer: mountain sequences
Pete White .... photographer: mountain sequences
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Balchus .... wardrobe man: Switzerland
Sheila Mason .... wardrobe woman: United States
Bona Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe woman: Switzerland
Neffe Ricco .... seamstress (as Nefte Ricco)
Charles Waldo .... wardrobe designer
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Richard C. Meyer .... assistant editor: United States (as Richard Meyer)
Roberto Silvi .... assistant editor: Switzerland
 
Transportation Department
Art Rimdzius .... transportation captain: United States
 
Other crew
Martin Boysen .... climber: from the Dougal Haston International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland
Bev Clark .... climber: from the Dougal Haston International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland
Laura Fattori .... production secretary: Switzerland
Dougal Haston .... climber: from the Dougal Haston International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland
David Knowles .... climber: from the Dougal Haston International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland
Jack Kosslyn .... dialog coach
Hamish McInnes .... climber: from Scotland
Tom Moore .... script supervisor
Guy Neithardt .... climber: from the Dougal Haston International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland
Carol Rydall .... secretary: The Malpaso Company
Charles Scott .... climber: from the Dougal Haston International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Norman Dyhrenfurth .... our grateful appreciation to the climber: leader of expedition
Mike Hoover .... our grateful appreciation to the climber: climbing advisor
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
123 min
Country:
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Norway:16 (1975) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (2000) | USA:R | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
In the car-chase scene, where Hemlock is being pursued along a cliff road by Miles Mellough and his bodyguard Dewayne, there was so much dust that Dan Howard, who played Dewayne, could not see where he was driving. To compensate, he drove looking up through the sunroof and followed the ridge line above. While effective, this driving method so unnerved actor Jack Cassidy that he demanded his stunt man take his place in the car.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the hotel at the foot of the Eiger, Jonathan looks out the window to see Pope surrounded by people at the outside tables yet in the long shot of the climbing team, the outside area is empty, yet when Jonathan goes outside to meet Pope, the area is again filled with people.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Bowman:Wanna Beer?
Jonathan Hemlock:You gonna call room service?
Ben Bowman:We got beer.
Jonathan Hemlock:If you hauled beer up this rock you're insane!
Ben Bowman:I may be insane, but I'm not stupid. I didn't carry it, you did! It's in your pack.
Jonathan Hemlock:Christ, I ought'a throw you off this pillar! Besides, it's warm.
Ben Bowman:Oh I'm sorry, I thought you'd draw the line on haulin' ice.
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked Eastwood gem!, 28 January 2005
Author: James Christopher Wierzbicki (filmbuff-31) from Salida, California, U.S.A.

This movie is highly unusual and possibly even unique in Clint Eastwood's career, either as actor or director.

In "The Eiger Sanction" he plays Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, a character completely unlike any other he has played. Dr. Hemlock is, in fact, the very antithesis of the typical Eastwood character.

Although he hides a secret past, Hemlock displays a highly cultured knowledge of fine art and jazz in both his professional and personal life. He possesses as highly refined a taste for beautiful women as he does for the most beautiful works of art.

Eastwood is both a philosopher and a lover in this film. He is also a humorist. But there are no glib one-liners here. In fact, this one film probably contains more dialogue for Eastwood than he has done for any other character he has played in his career.

Eastwood is the quintessential strong, silent type. As anyone knows who has seen him as a gunfighter hero, whether in the Old West or in the big city. In "The Eiger Sanction," he is a different kind of gun- fighter. His character is not drawn on the swift, total retribution exacted by the Man with No Name. Instead, it is drawn on the suave, debonair charm of James Bond. Jonathan Hemlock possesses the same cultural refinement and cosmopolitanism that the Bond character does. In fact, Hemlock and Bond are at work and at home in the same element: international espionage.

I suspect this is why the casual fan of Clint Eastwood typically detests this movie. Clint Eastwood appears to be miscast. But I'd say he pulls it off admirably, showing the viewer a side of himself which is rarely seen and exhibiting his versatility as an actor.

The story itself is better than average and the movie rates two and one half stars.

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