A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.
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
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Brenda Venus was twenty-five-years-old when she played the role of "George". She became the pen pal, then lover and muse, of writer Henry Miller. She also became a successful author, writing books giving advice on seduction for men and women, and a regular column for Playboy Magazine. See more »
During the final segment of the rescue scene, Dr Hemlock removes his gloves to cut the rope. After he cuts the rope and is being hauled up, his gloves are back on. See more »
[after fighting and stepping on Popes hand]
Okay, you'll be alright now Pope. Of course you may have trouble playing the clarinet for awhile.
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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 »
Lesser known Eastwood vehicle has big Clint as teacher, womaniser, mountaineer, occasional assassin Jonathan Hemlock, engaged by old professional acquaintance, albino Dragon (Thayer David) to undertake one last job. Preparation for his job involves reuniting with old friend Kennedy to physically acclimatise for a treacherous climb up the Eiger peak where his quarry is - he presumes - one of those on the expedition. But the identity of his prey isn't so easily detected, leading to various plot twists.
Not the conventional Eastwood picture, but very entertaining nonetheless with an outstanding, and eclectic supporting cast. Jack Cassidy is wonderfully camp as the flamboyant Miles, minded by his ape-like thug, serves little narrative purpose other than to spice up the scenery and give Hemlock an excuse to get into killing practice. David is a quirky villain, bathed in red light, while beauties Bruhl, Venus and Rialson are fleeting but flaunting of their substantial sex appeal (Bruhl's negligee is a serious distraction). Also entertaining is veteran supporting actor Walcott as a sniveling villain, more irritating to Hemlock than any real threat, a disdain for whom he shows at every given opportunity.
Besides the cast, witty dialogue and fluent action, the scenery is at times, breathtaking. The well staged mountaineering sequences are novel and suspenseful, the tension well constructed and executed, while the narrative climax is an unexpected and neatly timed twist. It's an epic two hours, but the range of plot diversions and comic book characters ensures the pace is constant and engaging. Doesn't take itself too seriously, but remains true in the impact of its thrills. Recommended.
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