The Eiger Sanction


The Eiger Sanction

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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 (15) | Top Critics (2)

Audience Reviews for The Eiger Sanction

  • Nov 27, 2012
    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
  • Jun 07, 2012
    My favourite Eastwood film (along with 'High Plains Drifter') and surprisingly one of his less known directorial efforts. This film has a bit of everything for me: the spy element I'm used to with Bond (and with a great John Williams score), a fun training section with Kennedy and finally the Eiger climb which still looks effective even by todays standards. Add Eastwood to the mix and a fun performance from Cassidy as an over-the-top gay former friend/enemy (with a dog called Faggot, for god's sake!) and you have the makings of a great 70's thriller.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2009
    Based on the raunchy pulp novel by Rodney William Whitaker, written under the pseudonym Trevanian. Clint Eastwood's most interesting film. A top notch intelligence community action thriller.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2008
    An entertaining lesser known Eastwood movie. Clint plays a retired assassin who's blackmailed into doing one last job. The acting of course is excellent from Eastwood, who's playing a slightly different role than we're used to. I also loved the really sharp dialogue (that's shockingly politically incorrect by today's standards) that's full of great one liners and an interracial relationship, which is something you hardly see in movies.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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