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The Eiger Sanction

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

Dec 15, 1998

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3) | DVD (3)

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

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

What makes the movie less offensive than you might assume -- its total detachment from its characters -- also makes it a tough sit.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Flaccid story redeemed by superb mountaineering footage

October 28, 2005
Film Journal International

One of Clint's lesser-known adventures, and one that's certainly worth of a revisit.

April 3, 2005

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.
November 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

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.
November 27, 2012

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.
October 13, 2008

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.
January 1, 2007
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