The Eiger Sanction (1975)
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In this exciting adventure, the humble life of an art history professor is upended when his dark past catches up with him and he is blackmailed into resuming his former career as a professional assassin for a secret international organization. The leader of the organization tells the killer that they will release him after he performs this last "sanction" which is to take place during an ascent of the Swiss Alps notorious mountain, the Eiger. The trouble is, the killer is to shoot one of three climbers, but he doesn't know which one it is. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Eiger Sanction
Clint Eastwood's mountain-climbing spy thriller is surprisingly effective, even by today's standards.
What makes the movie less offensive than you might assume -- its total detachment from its characters -- also makes it a tough sit.
Flaccid story redeemed by superb mountaineering footage
One of Clint's lesser-known adventures, and one that's certainly worth of a revisit.
Audience Reviews for The Eiger Sanction
Racist, homophobic, sexist and boring. Basically an excuse for Clint Eastwood to express his interest in climbing at the time. Clint is the sort of person to state "I'm not racist, I've hired loads of black people". The homophobia is cringe-worthy beyond belief, even the Gay character's Dog is called Faggot! Clint Eastwood is no James Bond either, and as for being a convincing art connoisseur? Ha, don't make me laugh. If all that weren't enough, there is no Sanction and the Eiger bit is completely pointless. Avoid, don't waste your time, even if you are a big Eastwood fan.
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.More
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.
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.More
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