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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:
terribly enjoyable/ enjoyably terrible? 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
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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 | 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:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 44 mins) When Montaigne gets hit in the head and goes dead weight, his taught rope suddenly gets slack in Hemlock's grip.See more »
Quotes:
Jonathan Hemlock:Why did she do it?
Ben Bowman:Oldest reason in the world.
Jonathan Hemlock:Love?
Ben Bowman:Money!
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24 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
terribly enjoyable/ enjoyably terrible?, 15 December 2005
Author: LewisJForce (gunghomonro@yahoo.com) from Wolverhampton, England

This is the silliest film with Eastwood's name on the credits, and that includes stuff like 'Francis in the Navy' and 'Tarantula'. But at its best, its a kind of bravura silliness. There are chunks of quotable dialogue, vertigo inducing cinematography and the requisite smorgasbord of villains and could-be/would-be villains. Just don't ask me if its a spoof, because I have no idea. I'm pretty sure nobody involved with the picture did, either.

The intermittent tone seems largely attributable to the fact that, at this point in Clint's career, the ego had landed. Thus we witness scads of nubile young lovelies attempt to lure the granite hewn stud into bed, whilst he disrobes to reveal a finely honed physique at every opportunity. The women are all sex crazed psychopaths (ain't it the truth) driven to distraction by his squinting cool and formidable musculature. Notice also the number of times both female AND male characters are required to comment admiringly on Eastwood's appearance and caress his form with their eyes. There's no distance to any of this, however. Even the pop-Nietzcheian antics of the mountain climbers are served cold. The director star never offers us the merest suggestion that he's mocking the preening machismo at any level.

All of this worship, plus the fact that the star's performance is WAY, WAY over the top - his usual 'snarling and eye-rolling alternated with boyish grin' is accentuated to parodic proportions - lends the piece a bizarrely dreamy, awkwardly sadistic homo-eroticism. If, in any other film, the hero yelled, "you're quiet now, ain't ya, ya little prick?" at a dog called 'faggot' after he'd killed it's master, I'd be on safe ground in assuming that the makers were nudging my ribs. Here, though, the surrounding unfettered narcissism and borderline unpleasantness it engenders makes it impossible to tell when the joke is for us or on us.

But its fun because of this nonsense. Even the final inconsequentiality of the whole exercise can't diminish that. It's just that this film, more than any other in his catalogue, lends extreme credence to biographer Patrick McGilligan's central assertion that, cinematically speaking at least, Clint is a lot less smart than critics allow.

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