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The Eiger Sanction -- Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this intrigue thriller about a retired assassin who is forced into action when a deadly double agent murders a close friend.
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Director:
Writers:
Hal Dresner (screenplay) &
Warren Murphy (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 May 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Beautiful location photography See more (78 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
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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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 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (uncut version) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | 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:16 (original rating) (cut)
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Trivia:
Director Eastwood used original oil paintings borrowed for the film.The piano nocturne in E flat major opus 9 number 2 by Chopin is during the Wormwood scene.The Pissarro painting on the black market is "Woman Digging in an Orchard" 1882.The sports car at Bowman's climbing school is a Bizzarrini 5300 GT.Eastwood is a jazz fan and Mellow Miles is the title of an album by Miles Davis."Screw Marlon Brando" was about Brando who supported Native American rights.The beer at the hotel and with Pope is Feldschlossen Original Lager. An alpine foehn wind forced the climbers to retreat.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When urged to cut his line, Hemlock carefully removes his gloves, but they are back on later.See more »
Quotes:
Jonathan Hemlock:[after fighting and stepping on Popes hand] Okay, you'll be alright now Pope. Of course you may have trouble playing the clarinet for awhile.See more »

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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful location photography, 4 April 2004
Author: cavinfool from Kentucky

Shot on location in the Alps and Zion National Park, the cinematography is first class. This is great large-screen fare.

While not without their hokey apects, the many climbing scenes and story are much more realistic than those of "K2", "Clifhanger", or God-help-us "Vertical Limit".

The spy part of the story certainly has some plot holes, and I purchased a copy of "The Eiger Sanction" by Trevanian just to get some of them straightened out, and got quite a surprise. The movie is much, much more faithful to the original book than the vast majority of Hollywood adaptations. Those holes in the story - well, they're right there in the book, too. Practically the only significant differences between the two are the relationship between Johathon and Wormwood, the final status of Johnathon and Jemima's relationship, and the fact that C2 is - in the novel - so totally inept as an intelligence organization as to be completely unbeliveable, this is somewhat glossed over in the movie. Frankly the differences in all three situations are argueably done better in the movie.

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