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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:
Great climbing sequences make this hidden gem worth watching! See more (75 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
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 | Germany:12 | 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:12
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Trivia:
Clint Eastwood did all of his own stunts, including the scene where he cuts his safety line over a drop of at least one thousand feet. The only stunt he did not perform was a 2500-foot drop, for which a dummy was used.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Hemlock shows Jemima the photo of Miles Mellough, Henri Bach and himself, two of the three have the flashes on their berets upside-down.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock:Are you busy this evening?
Art Student:No.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock:You live alone?
Art Student:My roommate's gone for the week.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock:Good. Then... go on home, break out the books and study your little ass off. That's the best way to maintain a "B" average. Don't study it all off.
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Great climbing sequences make this hidden gem worth watching!, 30 April 2006
Author: A_Roode from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Clint Eastwood stars as a former government assassin turned art teacher who is blackmailed into coming out of his retirement to pull off a difficult last job. A former colleague has been murdered. Eastwood will climb the Eiger face and kill the assassin along the way. The only problem is he isn't sure which of the three other climbers is his target.

'The Eiger Sanction' is very much a product of the 1970's, and comes from a difficult grey area of Eastwood's career. He was transitioning between Westerns and Dirty Harry and films like 'The Eiger Sanction' got lost in the mix. On the surface the film is a spy thriller, or a gorgeously shot mountain climbing/survival film. I think it doesn't get enough credit for being very tongue in cheek. It gently pokes fun at both Eastwood and 70's action movies -- Clint giving a female student a playful pat on the rump, the foxy brown flight attendant/girlfriend, and of course "damn that Brando" when Clint's Native American trainer pushes him too hard. Throw in the promiscuity and the way homosexuality is dealt with (rival gay hit-man with the little dog) and the film runs pretty nicely as a satire.

'The Eiger Sanction' is really about the third act though where the climbing takes place. Brilliantly photographed, I didn't find much not to enjoy about this film. Quite possibly the best climbing film that I've ever seen and it is certainly superior to things like 'Cliff Hanger' or 'Vertical Limit' -- which owe a great deal to 'The Eiger Sanction.' Clint Eastwood has acted in better movies and he's directed better movies. That said, this one is an unpolished gem and worth taking a look at if the opportunity arises.

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