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The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 21 May 1975 (USA)
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Classical art professor and collector Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Hal Dresner (screenplay), Warren Murphy (screenplay) (as Warren B. Murphy) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Grimm Michael Grimm ... Meyer
Jean-Pierre Bernard Jean-Pierre Bernard ... Montaigne
Brenda Venus Brenda Venus ... George
Gregory Walcott ... Pope
Candice Rialson ... Art Student
Elaine Shore Elaine Shore ... Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard Dan Howard ... Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn ... Reporter
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Storyline

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock (Clint Eastwood) is an art history professor and collector who finances his hobby by performing the odd sanction (assassination) for an obscure government bureau. He is forced to take a case where he must find out which of the members of a mountain climbing team is the Russian killer he has been given as a target by joining an expedition to climb the treacherous Eiger. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

In this movie, George Kennedy has a daughter who had been a drug user. In real-life, George's daughter Shaunna was a chronic drug offender. George adopted Shaunna's daughter Taylor in March 2000 when Shaunna was declared an unfit mother. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jonathan Hemlock: However you never know. Sometimes people do things they thought they'd never do again. Like rape, for instance. Yeah I thought I'd given up rape but I've changed my mind.
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Alternate Versions

An early cut of the movie showed, in detail, a man slitting Henri Bach's throat, reaching in, and retrieving microfilm that he had just swallowed. This was deemed too graphic, so the scene was edited to its current version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) See more »

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A very risking and dangerous movie to make.
8 November 2005 | by obatuyioSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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