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The Eiger Sanction (1975)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jonathan Hemlock
... Ben Bowman
... Jemima Brown
... Miles Mellough
... Mrs. Montaigne (as Heidi Bruhl)
... Dragon
... Freytag (as Reiner Schoene)
Michael Grimm ... Meyer
Jean-Pierre Bernard ... Montaigne
Brenda Venus ... George
... Pope
... Art Student
Elaine Shore ... Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard ... Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn ... Reporter
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Storyline

Jonathan Hemlock 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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EASTWOOD is the man . . Eiger is the location . . and the sanction - is a licence to kill! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,200,000, 31 December 1975
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last time Universal Pictures distributed a Clint Eastwood movie until Changeling (2008). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the training climb, the camera looks down on Hemlock as he starts up the face. The view below shows bright green vegetation and a parking lot with a large number of cars. After reaching the summit, the camera pulls back from the climbers and spins around in a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside revealing nothing but desert and brown scrub; the green vegetation and parking lot have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: It's dangerous, child, to come to conclusions when you don't have any facts. Now let me lay some on you. Sure Dragon knows what he's doing, just like he knew what he was doing when he worked for the Nazis during World War II.
Jemima Brown: What?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Oh, you didn't know that, did you? Yes your "wrap him up in red, white, and blue" Mr. Dragon's a goddamn Hessian, that's what he is. And he'd sell out the other side as fast as he'd sell out our side. And he'd sell out his mother, too, if the bloodless freak had one.
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Great film
20 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. The only reason I cannot give it a 9 or 10 is because the premise is just a bit too unbelievable. Eastwood is a stud for doing his own stunts. The climbing sequences had a few minor errors, but all considered, the most accurate movie adaptation of climbing with the possible exception of "Storm and Sorrow". I felt like I was there with the climbers, cold and scared and forced to continue. The dialogue on the mountain is "rock" solid.

If you're looking for a well-developed action flick with a dash of spy stuff, watch this movie. Eastwood has done so many great movies that it's hard to rank this one- it's not his best, but it is wonderful.


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