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The Eiger Sanction (1975)




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Clint Eastwood both directed and starred in this thriller based on a novel by Trevanian. Dr. Jonathan Hemlock (Eastwood) is a professor of art history who formerly had a deadly secret life; he was a hired assassin working with an international intelligence organization. Normally content to collect and study art, Hemlock is forced by blackmail to perform one last hit, or, as the organization euphemistically calls it, a "sanction." The victim will be one of three men attempting a dangerous ascent of the Eiger, a beautiful but punishing mountain range in Swiss Alps. While Hemlock is an experienced mountaineer and willing to make the climb, he's troubled to discover that he does not know which of the other three men scaling the Eiger is his true target. The supporting cast includes George Kennedy and Jack Cassidy; the latter earned enthusiastic reviews for his over-the-top performance as a flamboyantly gay secret agent.

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Clint Eastwood
as Dr. Jonathan Hemlock
George Kennedy
as Ben Bowman
Vonetta McGee
as Jemima Brown
Jack Cassidy
as Miles Mellough
Heidi Brühl
as Mrs. Anna Montaigne
Elaine Shore
as Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard
as Dewayne
Frank Redmond
as Wormwood
Candice Rialson
as Art Student
Jack Kosslyn
as Reporter
Siegfried Wallach
as Hotel Manager
Jack Frey
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Eiger Sanction

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

It has a plot so unlikely and confused that we can't believe it for much more than 15 seconds at a time, but its action sequences are so absorbing and its mountaintop photography so compelling that we don't care.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is indeed some great climactic Swiss Alps footage in this espionage tale, but the film runs an awkward gamut from supervillain cartoonishness to straight thriller. Its loutish humor also indulged its maker's (and audience's) worst tendencies...

December 4, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a wild ride, and for all the flack Eastwood gets for being a bland filmmaker these days, he sure had no problems taking risks earlier in his directing career.

November 19, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Along with Joe Kidd, the most underrated of Eastwood's '70s output.

November 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Well, folks, in case you thought humorless, sexist, stupid movies had vanished from the screen, take heart - Clint Eastwood is back.

December 3, 2019 | Full Review…

I enjoy this sort of film largely because it is too remote from life to make any emotional point of contact in the mind.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Eiger Sanction

A top-notch classic. A smart, well-crafted, exciting and intriguing action-thriller. A tense, topical and riveting thrill-ride packed with exciting climbing sequences and action scenes. Clint Eastwood is terrific, he`s stylish, cool and very confident in his performance and as director. A surprisingly effective and thrilling movie that's worth the visit. Even with today's standards this film still works.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

Clint Eastwood plays James Bond wannabe Jonathan Hemlock in this espionage thriller. Eastwood should never play a spy or a Russian stealing a badly rendered jet. There, I've said it. This film is almost a parody of James Bond films, going so over the top with its characters. The government boss is an albino for christ sakes. Jack Cassidy plays an uber flamboyant homosexual with a dog named Faggot. George Kennedy is the only actor in the film that doesn't really seem out of place as Eastwood's mountain climbing trainer. Eastwood directs the film adequetly and the only reason to see this film is for the mountain climbing scenes. Seriously, there's a character called Jemima Brown.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer


An interesting movie... a bit underrated - Eastwood goes secret agent an mountain climbing. An interesting story - a bit slow but it all comes together at the end when you find out the truth. This movie is special due to its script - a sharp, witty script with some good liners and simple jokes which gives it some humor and removes some boredom in scenes.

Khris N
Khris N

Super Reviewer

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