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The Eiger Sanction [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , George Kennedy , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Jack Cassidy, Vonetta McGee, Thayer David
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Producers: Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, Spanish, German, French
  • Subtitles: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFO0E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Clint Eastwood held the dual role of director and star of this 1975 spy thriller, which makes up for sluggish pacing with a breathtaking climax on a treacherous peak in the Swiss Alps. The plot kicks into gear when Eastwood, playing a retired assassin, is recruited back into a secret organisation to avenge the murder of an old friend. He's then blackmailed into making a second "hit"; this time his target is one of three men who will be attempting to conquer the Eiger, a dangerous peak in Switzerland. Himself an accomplished climber, Eastwood's character joins the expedition with George Kennedy as leader of the ground crew. Shifting loyalties, apparent betrayals, and paranoid suspicion factor into the suspenseful climax on the sheer face of the mountain. This memorable sequence--for which Eastwood performed his own mountain-climbing stunts--is effectively intense, built on a standard plot of double-cross and intrigue that was intended to combine Eastwood's screen persona with the global adventure of the James Bond films. For the most part it works--it's not one of Eastwood's better films, but it's got some first-class thrills (and a sly performance by Jack Cassidy) to grab and hold your interest. --Jeff Shannon

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audio in italianojonathan hemlock, ex-killer al servizio dello spionaggio americano, ex-alpinista ed ora insegnante di storia dell'arte in un liceo di zurigo, si vede costretto - per amore dei soldi e per vendicare l'ex-collega e amico harry black ucciso da spie avversarie - a impugnare di nuovo armi per eliminare l'esecutore materiale del delitto e i due uomini che, co n il loro tradimento, lo avevano reso possibile. sbarazzatosi agevolmente del primo e di uno dei traditori, hemlock dell'altro sa soltanto che dovra' scoprirlo e ucciderlo durante un'ascensione alla terribile parete nord dell'eiger, alla quale insieme a lui parteciperanno un austriaco, un francese e un tedesco. nessuno di costoro e' pero' l'uomo cercato da hemlock. quando scopre che costui e' il suo amico ben bowman, suo valido collaboratore nell'ascensione all'eiger, hemlock gli risparmia la vita.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still exciting in places 19 July 2009
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Eastwood directs and stars in this unsubtle but still interesting mid 70's thriller. He is a retired assassin for a government agency, who is persuaded out of his art loving retirement for one last job. He, apparently, is also a retired rock climber, and therefore the only man for the job since his mark is one of a group of climbers about to climb the Eiger... but which climber is it..? We don't know. Well, in truth the whodunit is fairly easy to see early on, and the first hour is pretty mediocre 70's fayre.. It's once the climbing starts the tension starts racking up, thanks to Clint's insistence on both acting and directing on location and doing the stunts for real. Sadly, this was to lead to the death of one of the stuntmen climbers, who ironically had previously successfully climbed the Eiger.
Nobody really seems to be taking this seriously, least of all Clint as either actor or director, as the `plot' develops with many a 70's cliché.. girls with afros jumping into bed at the drop of a hat, random nudity, horribly stereotyped camp gay bad guy (who actually names his dog `faggot' in case you don't get the `subtle' clues) and George Kennedy, just to name a few. Eastwood forgets the slack first half once we get to the Eiger in the final section of the movie, and it's the tense climbing scenes rather than any intrigue or 70's styling you will probably remember after the lights come up. Also worth a note is a John Williams score which more than passes muster in setting the scene for that real 70's thriller feel...
Truthfully, Eastwood's indefatigable screen charisma makes this a 4 star movie, despite trying to convincingly play a `womanising-art-lecturer-retired-assassin-rock-climber `, which isn't a part one imagines one is asked to do very often..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Eiger Sanction is one of those films with a high enough concept and a big enough star not to need to have a good script, which is lucky because despite the efforts of no fewer than three writers the script is not very good at all, and seems to know it. Clint Eastwood is a somewhat unlikely mountain-climbing art professor: we know this because he's introduced standing next to a big sign saying he's an art professor while enamoured students swoon over pictures of him mountain climbing. Luckily for the film he's a somewhat more likely retired assassin working for Thayer David's total albino: we know he's a total albino because he tells us. David and Eastwood don't get on, which is strange, because David's office is perpetually in the kind of near total darkness that Eastwood the director loves. Maybe he just doesn't like people who impersonate Bond villains. He doesn't want to go back in business either, but David threatens him not only with an audit of his stolen art collection but also to auction them off to the public, something which horrifies art snob Eastwood into agreeing to kill an unknown man with an occasional limp who just happens to be part of a team led by old pal George Kennedy attempting to climb the Eiger. Only his target obviously knows that one of the party is out to kill him and his fellow climbers start to meet accidents... Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jack Cassidy awesome. 24 Dec 2009
The only good thing about this nonsense is Jack Cassidy's awesome performance , the mountain climing, scenery and George Kennedy's classic line "go and get yourself screwed lady , it will do you a lot of good".

Can be watched about 3 times maximum imho.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good film- misleading DVD 10 Jan 2010
Purchased this DVD recently and despite claiming on the rear cover that the film is presented in an anamorphically-enhanced 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, it in fact is not. Therefore it is the same old transfer from 2001 (or whenever it was first released) with erroneous info on the back. BEWARE if you want it in 16:9.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a weekend afternoon or bank holiday 29 Jun 2009
Although maybe not the greatest or most famous film title on Mr Eastwood's CV, this is a great little film, unpretentious and gradually thrilling as it picks up pace. After the first watch I don't really feel the need to see the first 45 minutes again, but the last half of the film is terrific. Real rock climbing and a bit of a twist make this a great Sunday afternoon kind of a movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint at his sarcastic best!! 3 Feb 2007
`Does your physical disability preclude you from coming to the point?'

Just one of many classic one-liners delivered by a stone-faced Dr Hemlock. This movie has all the wit and sarcasm of a Dirty Harry classic, and all the adventure and stunning landscape of his westerns. An Art teacher by day, but retired government assassin by night, Dr Hemlock is brought out of retirement to sanction the two men involved in killing his friend. The first job was easy, but the second proves the real challenge. His employer knows only that the man is one of a group who plans to climb the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland, a mountain that nearly killed Hemlock the first time he tried to climb it. But the mountain is not his only adversary. One of his fellow climbers, who could well be someone he'll need to rely on when in trouble, is the one he must sanction. But which one is it?

The photography in this movie is stunning; emotive images of death-defying climbs from monument valley to the Swiss Alps. Some complain the movie is long and slow, but I watched the short version and then bought the full length DVD, which contained more excellent scenes that actually clarified some parts of the movie. So I would recommend you buy the full length version. You won't be bored, not for a minute.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Godawful, sexist, clunky film. Unwatchable.
Published 2 days ago by Leedsprinter
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling And Enjoyable Eastwood
A surprising directorial effort from Eastwood, this once again shows his dexterity in film-making by attempting an espionage thriller based around a mountain climb, full of... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mr. C. Gelderd
5.0 out of 5 stars Top movie !
This is 1 of Clints classics !!!
Then buy Thunderbolt and light foot with Jeff Bridges another classic film
Published 3 months ago by DAVID CARLTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Eiger Sanction
Great film - Clint Eastwood is great. have been looking for this on-line for ages. Arrived on time and fitted through letter box.
Published 4 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint at his Best
Just a great film.....makes you wonder why it's not on the tele as often as the Stallone film of a similar nature!
Published 8 months ago by tarzmiddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Characters, Humorous Dialogue and
One of Eastwood’s lesser known action adventures from the seventies. With a strong supporting cast including oscar winner George Kennedy in great form. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan_Jazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Film.
I had to wait a week before I could go down to the Delivery office, due to the fact that I got it with "Escape from Alcatraz" and the postman wouldn't leave the parcel... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Greg Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately Not Limp!
This is a great classic movie and has some very evocative music that is a real classic in itself. This may be one of my favourite Eastwood stories and it works on many points. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Movie Pro
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing Film.
Famous for its true-to-life climbing sequences and mountain action (minus all trace of CGI!), this is a slightly strange combination of Cold War espionage thriller married to boys'... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lightfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars true eastwood
different from what he has done before but he some how makes it believable, keeps you guessing till the very end.
Published 19 months ago by carol
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