The Eiger Sanction (1975)

The Eiger Sanction


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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Dresner, Warren B. Murphy, Rod Whitaker
On DVD: Dec 15, 1998
Universal Pictures


as Ben Bowman

as Jemima Brown

as Miles Mellough

as Mrs. Anna Montaigne

as Freytag

as Karl Freytag

as Art Student

as Miss Cerberus

as Dewayne

as Reporter

as Wormwood

as Hotel Manager

as Cab Driver

as Dr. Jonathan Hemlock...
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Critic Reviews for The Eiger Sanction

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The Eiger Sanction lacks shape, rhythm, and any notable tone or point-of-view.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Parallax View

Clint Eastwood's mountain-climbing spy thriller is surprisingly effective, even by today's standards.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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