The Eiger Sanction

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Former government assassin Jonathan Hemlock (Clint Eastwood) now devotes his time to teaching and collecting paintings, but his quiet life is interrupted when he is persuaded by his former employers work for them again. Hemlock has to join a crew of explorers (George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy) on a trip up the Eiger, a treacherous Swiss mountain. Hemlock must simultaneously determine which of his fellow climbers is a Soviet spy, kill his target and scale the deadly peak.

Cast

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

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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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