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The Eiger Sanction (1975)

A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

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Jonathan Hemlock is an art history professor and collector who finances his hobby by performing the odd sanction (assassination) for an obscure government bureau. He is forced to take a case where he must find out which of the members of a mountain climbing team is the Russian killer he has been given as a target by joining an expedition to climb the treacherous Eiger. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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EASTWOOD is the man . . Eiger is the location . . and the sanction - is a licence to kill! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Auftrag des Drachen  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,200,000, 31 December 1975
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, George Kennedy has a daughter who had been a drug user. In real life, George's daughter Shaunna was a chronic drug offender. George adopted Shaunna's daughter Taylor in March 2000 when Shaunna was declared an unfit mother. See more »

Goofs

In the sequences on the North Face Hemlock's trousers regularly change from brown corduroy knee britches to black/ blue long pants. See more »

Quotes

Miss Cerberus: I was expecting you before this. Mr. Dragon does not like to be kept waiting.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Oh, the impatient albino.
Miss Cerberus: I don't think Mr. Dragon's affliction is a joking matter.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: I thought it was rather humorous, myself. A spy network being run by a bloodless freak who can't stand light or cold.
Miss Cerberus: Or germs. Are you healthy?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Should I turn my head and cough?
Miss Cerberus: No known infections?
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: Nothing other than the usual, syphilis, running sores, and the clap.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Friends of Peter G. (2011) See more »

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Great film
20 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. The only reason I cannot give it a 9 or 10 is because the premise is just a bit too unbelievable. Eastwood is a stud for doing his own stunts. The climbing sequences had a few minor errors, but all considered, the most accurate movie adaptation of climbing with the possible exception of "Storm and Sorrow". I felt like I was there with the climbers, cold and scared and forced to continue. The dialogue on the mountain is "rock" solid.

If you're looking for a well-developed action flick with a dash of spy stuff, watch this movie. Eastwood has done so many great movies that it's hard to rank this one- it's not his best, but it is wonderful.


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