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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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Release Date:
21 May 1975 (USA) See more »
HIS LIFELINE - held by the assassin he hunted. See more »
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 »
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A very risking and dangerous movie to make. See more (78 total) »


  (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)
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)
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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123 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Did You Know?

One of just a handful of Clint Eastwood movies in the spy / espionage genre. The films include Firefox (1982), Absolute Power (1997), The Eiger Sanction (1975) and In the Line of Fire (1993).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At about 64 minutes into the film, Hemlock and Bowmen climb that high, thin, pillar-like formation, when Hemlock helps Bowmen onto its top, you can see the shadow of the camera, first on Bowmen as he crosses in front of it, and then on Hemlock's white t-shirt where for a moment you can also see the shadow of a cable as well.See more »
Dragon:[sitting in his dark lair] Even the slightest direct light causes me intense pain.
Jonathan Hemlock:Does your physical disability preclude you from coming to the point?
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A very risking and dangerous movie to make., 8 November 2005
Author: obatuyio ( from Lagos, Nigeria

I love this movie, Like Play Misty For Me this is a different kind of Clint Eastwood movie which is not a western or a cop movie. This is an espionage thriller with a surprise ending. He plays an assassin who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his friend. In order to catch the unidentified killer he must participate in a mountain climbing expedition which the killer is also participating. Clint really took a big chance while making this movie. He did all the dangerous mountain climbing stunts. If I was directing and starring in a movie I wouldn't do a stunt that is dangerous. I urge Clint Eastwood fans to watch this movie, they won't be disappointed.

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