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The Eiger Sanction 1975 R CC

(133) IMDb 6.4/10
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Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this intrigue thriller about a retired assassin who is forced into action when a deadly double agent murders a close friend.

Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy
2 hours, 10 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy
Supporting actors Vonetta McGee, Jack Cassidy, Heidi Brühl, Thayer David, Reiner Schöne, Michael A. Grimm, Jean-Pierre Bernard, Brenda Venus, Gregory Walcott, Candice Rialson, Elaine Shore, Dan Howard, Jack Kosslyn, Walter Kraus, Frank Redmond, Siegfried Wallach, Susan Morgan Cooper, Jack Frey
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Doc Sarvis on March 24, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
All right.
With tongue firmly in cheek, let me say that the other reviewers of this movie have got it all wrong. "The Eiger Sanction" has got to be one of the all-time great "guy" films (I refer you to the "Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness" here on for more information on those two). Yes, for Saturday-night-with-the-boys viewing, this is one of the classics. Here are ten reasons why:
1. Clint the Glint...need I say more?
2. Incredibly realistic mountain-climbing footage, from Southern Utah to the Swiss Alps, all shot on location, with none of the ridiculous fakery found in farces such as "Cliffhanger".
3. A plot that makes James Bond seem believable, starting with a combination art expert/mountain climber/CIA assassin and going forward from there.
4. Fantastic scenery shots, including George Kennedy and Clint on top of a sandstone pinnacle (I'm sure George really climbed it...yeah, right).
5. A cool resort compound (actually filmed at the lodge in Zion National Park, Utah).
6. Well-timed 70s nudity (in other words, totally unnecessary).
7. An albino (!) "establishment" guy, (CIA leader) and his wonderfully despicable sidekick, just waiting for Clint to kick around.
8. Astounding political incorrectness, including a character named "Jemimah Brown", another one known simply as "Buns", and much, much more.
9. Fantastically quotable manly lines, for example "Assassins get assassinated, and that ain't in my game plan", or "There's a twenty on the dresser by the bed", etc., etc., etc.
10. Clint even glints at a little dog...really!
I could go on and on.
All kidding aside, I love this movie! Just don't plan on taking it too seriously.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By STW on December 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
As a thriller, the 'Eiger Sanction' is just ok. It is a pretty faithful adaptation of Trevanian's bestseller from 1972. It stars Clint Eastwood as Dr. Johnathan Hemlock -- an ex-climber now art professor who does occasional asassinations for a secret US agency to pay for his art collection. He takes on one last job to pay for a Pissaro he desperately wants; but it requires that he get out his old climbing boots. He'll have to do the job while climbing the north face of the Eiger -- certainly one of the most dangerous climbs in the world.
I'm not completely sure of this, but I believe that this movie was also Clint Eastwood's directorial debut. He not only stars in it, but he produced and directed it as well!
Ah, the glorious 70's! The clothing, the hairstyles, the attitudes towards women, etc. It is quite fun to watch and chuckle at now. Hemlock is a kind of James Bond-ian super hero. Remarkably gifted not only at killing bad guys but also at bedding beautiful women, enjoying fine wine and food, and being an art expert. The story ofen requires you to suspend your sense of reality and to have a bit of a sense of humor. If you enjoy these kinds of thrillers, you'll definitely enjoy this one.
What sets this movie apart for me is the many climbing sequences! I am an avid climber and I know of no other 'Hollywood' movie that does as good a job as this one at showing real mountain climbing. The climbing scenes in the 'Eiger Sanction' are breathtaking and quite realistic. The scenes on the Eiger were actually filmed on location on the Eiger Nordwand itself! Remarkable! Apparently Clint is/was a bit of a climber himself, and took great pains to portray the climbing in as realistic a light as possible. Three cheers for Clint!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric V. Moye on August 5, 2000
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I guess I ought to be ashamed of how much I enjoy this movie. But, I am not ashamed, and a really do enjoy this movie.
A relatively young, and satiny-smooth Eastwood is the killer for hire, who avenges the murder of U.S. government agents. He also happens to be a world class mountain climber and an art expert. Conned into coming out of retirement, he takes one last job for $100,000 (and the chance to avenge a friend). Being Clint, he kills the bad guys, survives himself when none others could, and of course gets several girls.
Great cinematography. The scene where Eastwood and George Kennedy scale the unconquerable pinnacle is stunning. One cannot always tell in that scene what was "real" and what was actually a set up. The final shot of that portion of the movie, when a camera obviously set in a helicopter moves away from the height and showing them sitting (and obviously heavily strapped to the top) is stunning. Watching the final quarter, shot on a mountainside, makes one actually feel cold.
The movie is also incredibly sexist. Having said that, I must acknowledge that it also has two positively gorgeous women: Vonnetta McKee (for some reason given the moniker "Jemimah Brown" - spare me!) and an otherwise unknown Brenda Venus (only named "George").
Not thought provoking, not "deep". Just a good show.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 22, 2002
Format: DVD
"The Eiger Sanction" stars Clint Eastwood as Jonathan Hemlock, a college professor of art, experienced mountain climber and ex-hit man for "C-2", an agency of the US Government. C-2 is headed by an albino named "Dragon", who wants two enemy agents "sanctioned" (killed). Hemlock agrees to perform the hit, going to Zurich to do the job. The execution is very messy, hardly what one would call "professional", but the job gets done. Dragon still wants the second agent eliminated, but C-2 is having trouble pinpointing the identity of the target. What is known is that the man will be part of an upcoming international climb of the Eiger, a mountain in the Swiss Alps.
Hemlock needs to get in shape for the climb. His training takes place out west, at a climbing school run by Ben Bowman (George Kennedy) an old climbing buddy. Hemlock's training is complicated when Miles Mellough (Jack Cassidy) arrives on the scene. Mellough betrayed Hemlock years before, nearly costing him his life. This time Miles takes a trip he won't return from.
Trained and ready, Hemlock arrives in Switzerland with Bowman, prepared for the climb, and his mission. The team includes three other climbers, one of whom is supposedly the target to be "sanctioned". One climber must continually ask silly questions any experienced climber would know the answers to, so the audience can become informed about the common practices of mountain climbing. Once the climb begins, we are treated to some magnificent scenes in the mountains. To my untrained eyes the scenes look very realistic, and are the best the movie has to offer, as they transition from climbing bare rock to snow covered rock faces. While they climb, Hemlock attempts to zero in on his target, and find the one he has to kill.
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