The Eiger Sanction

 (1,264)6.42 h 9 min1975R
A former CIA assassin, now a college professor, comes out of retirement to avenge the death of a colleague and recover stolen chemical warfare secrets. Spectacular mountaintop action, directed by Clint Eastwood.
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Clint EastwoodGeorge KennedyVonetta McGee
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Jack CassidyThayer DavidHeidi BruhlReiner SchoeneBrenda Venus
David BrownRobert DaleyRichard D. Zanuck
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Carly LuReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Classic climbing scenes but Clint not quite a director yet..
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Directed by Eastwood before he got good at gritty realism. The appeal here is more camp, with its quite dated dialog and soundtrack. Also lots of really crass remarks to women, including joking about rape. Vonetta McGee is riveting though. The best part is the actual climbing sequence toward the end -- mainly for it's classic lines ("We'll make it."... "I don't think so, but we will carry on in style.") The climbing itself is stupendously non-thrilling, although they're supposed to be doing the perilous north face of the Eiger in bad weather. (And after day in a helmet struggling up the rock and ice Clint's dashing doo is as unscathed as if he'd packed a blow dryer.) If (like me) you mainly want to see the climbing part and (like me) keep wondering when they'll ever get to it, you can fast forward to the last 20-30 min. For a much more gripping, well-directed, -written and -acted story about the Eiger, see "North Face" (2010), based on the true story of the 1936 first ascent. For an Alpine mountain movie featuring Clint with better dialog and much more suspense and intrigue, see the WWII classic by Alistair McLean, "Where Eagles Dare" (also starring Richard Burton).
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The MythReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Garbage....NOT HD or Blue-Ray as advertised. DO NOT BUY!!
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I have this movie on DVD...and having compared the 2 there is basically no difference. What on earth are they pulling here? It just looks like they tried to do a digital "UPSCALE", but ended up with a standard DVD version. This is a COMPLETE rip-off people. ZERO high definition in this copy....DO NOT BUY!!!

***UPDATE*** I made a mistake. For some reason I originally stated I compared it to my "VHS" copy, and that was wrong. I apologize for that. I have the standard DVD version, and I found NO DIFFERENCE between the 2 copies.
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BabearReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyable
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One of Clint's early efforts at directing, following Play Misty for Me and High Plains Drifter, it's a must-see for Clint fans and should be a pleasure even if you're not (hard for me to tell because what is WRONG with you?).

Eastwood plays a retired American spy/hitman who finds himself coerced into one final job that requires one of his special talents because his handlers know only that his target is on the next expedition to attempt to climb the north face of the Eiger. "I tried to climb it twice, it tried to kill me twice."

The screenplay was co-written by the author of the novel and has much of the wit and some of my all time favorite Clint dialogue. I know the author had been a little miffed that he'd written a kind of poke at slick James Bond movies and inevitable multiple deux ex machinas (machinae?) and absence of moral ambiguity, and nobody got it, but I'm sure glad he went ahead and did the screenplay. It might be a little slow in the middle for some people - I think both he and Clint expected the audience to appreciate what goes into mountain climbing and didn't give a damn if they didn't - but I love every second of it.
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TrakbakReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s an oldie but goodie!!
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If you like Clint Eastwood, you’ll like this movie. It’s not a western, or a Dirty Harry movie, but still entertaining just the same. Someone told me about this movie many years ago, and while searching Prime the other day, I remembered the name of this movie and rented it. It’s got plenty of action, a lot of Clint, and a lot of George Kennedy. A thriller for sure. Pop plenty of popcorn and enjoy this flick.
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Ray SmithReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Clint
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What can I say? It's a Clint Eastwood movie. This may sound chauvinistic and shallow 😛 but one of my favorite scenes was while Clint was training for "the climb" struggling up a mountain with his hot trainer. He was lagging behind and as he looked up the trail at her she stops and flashes her t**s at him. He has a fast recovery and up the mountain he goes.
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David R. AllenReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) starring Clint Eastwood is a spectacular "mountain movie"...a true classic!
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"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) starring Clint Eastwood is a spectacular "mountain movie" of the sort big in 1920's German classic cinema.

The famous 1929 German movie titled "The White Hell Of Pitz Palou" (1929 Germany) starring young Leni Riefenshahl directed by Joseph Pabst is an example of German "mountain movies" which always included spectacular camera work recording breathtaking icy mountain scenes, most often in the European Alps.

World audiences were very enthusiastic about "mountain movies" but few were made after sound movies replaced silent movies.

"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) is an exception, and a spectacular one.

About 50 percent of the movie is taken up with incredible and spectacular camera work of breathtaking and hair raising mountain scenery both in the USA's famous Monument Valley terrain, and also in the Swiss Alps.

The Richard Shickel authored biography of Clint Eastwood titled "Clint" reports that a stunt man doubling for the actor-climbers in the Swiss Alps part of the movie was accidentally killed during the shoot, and the entire production was almost shut down as a result.

"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) shows both the beauty and the danger of monster mountains, and must be counted as among the best outdoor photography ever provided for a Hollywood feature movie.

The movie is historically interesting because it mirrored its times (the middle 1970's), which were still part of the counter-cultural revolution and sympathies usually called collectively "the 60's," but actually a period comprising the last half of the 1960's and first half of the 1970's (the 1970's was also "counter-cultural," but doesn't get credit for it when the while era is referred to as "the '60's").

Heterosexual interplay and enthusiasms between Clint Eastwood and various attractive actresses part of the movie are part of the show, and are of a sort which later disappeared from movies after the "Sexual Revolution" of the those "counter-cultural times" faded away.

The anti-CIA, anti-government sympathies and mentality of counter-cultural times are also seen in "The Eiger Sanction" (1975), which proposes cynically that CIA ordered and staged assassinations were not always necessary or justified.

"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) is a CIA agent movie which, unlike most others of its type, does not have a final scene where the good guy and the bad guy duke it out at the end, and the bad guy "gets his." The main interest of the movie is the wonderful photography....the movie is sort of an ultimate travelogue of spectacular mountains seen in vivid color and from astonishing angles, with camera work done from helicopters and small airplanes which "get in close" in almost a surgical way.

"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) did not go on to become a famous or honored movie listed among the "classics" of its time, but it deserves to be.

"Jaws" (1975) was made the same year (1975) as "The Eiger Sanction" (1975), and was also produced by Richard Zanuck and David Brown (Helen Gurley Brown's husband!), and also included music composed by composer John Williams.

"The Eiger Sanction" (1975) included heavyweight support talent, and the result was and still is a true winner.


Written by Tex Allen, SAG Actor.
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Adm. Arthur N. LeDock Ret. GSN.Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of Clint Eastwood's Very Best
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Simply put this is a must have for the hard core Eastwood fan and collector. Incredibly stunning and beautiful mountain scenery highlight this Clint Eastwood flick. He's great in his westerns and detective movies. This takes Clint into hard technical mountaineering with a killer out to get him. Much like Gran Torino or Trouble With The Curve, putting him into different roles than we saw him in his Dirty Harry or Josey Wales etc westerns. Credible supporting actors and a good plot.
Allen Garfield's #1 fan.Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, great bluray
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I already wrote at length about this one for the four-film collection (Eiger, Play Misty for Me, The Beguiled and Coogan's Bluff), a great set for the same price. The ASIN # is B01IP2X5UG.

The main (only) reason I purchased this was for Nick Pinkerton's commentary. Pinkerton is one of the best practicioners of film criticism (and Twitter's best provacateur). He does a terrific job here - wildly informative and insightful.

Worth the purchase.
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