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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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Revenge atop a Swiss Mountain... one of his team is a killer but who? See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A waitress Clint Eastwood was dating at the time has a speaking part in this film, according to Paul E. Lippman. See more »

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Dragon's secretary, Miss Cerberus's position next to Pope changes between shots after Jonathan (Clint Eastwood) tells her she looks "inviting today". See more »

Quotes

[Hemlock saves Meier from falling off the mountain]
Anderl Meier: You're very good. I have really enjoyed climbing with you.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: We'll make it.
Anderl Meier: I don't think so. But we shall continue with style.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Friends of Peter G. (2011) See more »

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Another "forgotten" Eastwood that deserves more attention
10 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

As a die-hard Clint Eastwood fan you've probably seen this spy/action/thriller already, but for those who only now discover the work of this great director/actor, check it out - it's well worth it.

This film was made in the mid-seventies and it shows in every frame. The decidedly non-political correctness in the scenes with the obviously gay guy, portrayed by Jack Cassidy (whose lapdog is appropriately named "faggot" and has a hilarious scene humping Eastwood's leg); with the Indian girl (Eastwoods laconic snarl "Screw Marlon Brando" is unforgettable); with the "black chick" (says Eastwood to the Afro-American actress Vonetta McGee) might turn off some of today's viewers or bring the film on the map for viewers who have grown up with Rap Music and consider the occasional four-letter word in "8 Mile" already daring.

The story itself is not really important (a classic spy/action thriller with a twist) but the camera direction is superb and Eastwood's well-known love for Jazz music seaps through occasionally. Today's movies are called movies for a reason - they are no longer "films" (like this one), where time is taken to tell a story and explore it in its own leisure fashion.


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