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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
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...
Published on 29 Jun 2009 by Mystery Martian

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still exciting in places
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...
Published on 19 July 2009 by Mr. Stephen Kennedy


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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
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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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.. However the very poor transfer - which is so bad in places you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a pirated copy - knocks a star off. It's in widescreen at least, but non anamorphic (meaning it's not designed for modern widescreen TV's and will appear as a letterbox in the middle of the screen, requiring some zooming in to fill out your screen), frequently washed out colours despite the gorgeous locales, and full of other imperfections. Watch the movie, the end is worth it - just try and find the remastered version which is out there somewhere..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible script, silly first half but stunning mountaineering sequences, 12 May 2011
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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...

Yes, it's a very silly film - silly enough for Eastwood to camp it up as a gay delivery man in one scene, Jack Cassidy to play a gay turncoat with a horny dog called Faggot with a thing for Clint's leg and for our antihero to beat up one of the stars of Plan 9 From Outer Space - but as the author of the novel, Travanian (Rod Whitaker) pointed out, worse than just being vapid it also led to the death of one of the climbers involved in the shoot, David Knowles. His accidental death early in shooting on the Eiger itself does unfortunately take some of the sheen off the film's most impressive aspect, the unfaked climbing sequences with Eastwood not only doing almost all of his own stunts on the North Face of the Eiger itself and on the 'Totem Pole Rock' in Monument Valley rather than on a friendlier slope or on studio sets with dodgy back-projection but also directing the film as well. And spare a thought for the poor camera crew, having to take the same risks with the added burden of lugging up and operating camera equipment as well. The film improves considerably as it goes along, though the first half is more of a politically incorrect guilty pleasure, but the spectacular mountain sequences are gripping enough to be worthy of a better film.

Unfortunately the DVD, one of the earliest releases on the format, is pretty low quality: the dark scenes are darker than even Eastwood intended there's a lack of detail and a lot of clumsy edge enhancement: it's such a poor transfer with so little effort put into it you half expect it to be panned-and-scanned fullframe, but it is 2.35:1 widescreen with the original trailer as extra, which is something at least.
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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
This review is from: The Eiger Sanction [DVD] (DVD)
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
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Dylan Provis (Adelaide, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling And Enjoyable Eastwood, 7 Aug 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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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 dangerous stunt work and thrilling set pieces.

The cast is a little “generic”, with token characters being fleshed out like the African-American agent, a camp homosexual villain, an albino mastermind and a mute heavy; all good characters but running more like a checklist of ones you know where they will go, good or bad, in the course of the film.

The first half plays well, with Eastwood and Kennedy on fine form together as a real hint of danger and suspense build up with the foundations set in the dangerous world Hemlock resides and works in. The second half slows the pace down for the Eiger sequences, but is by no means boring or disjointed. Great camerawork and stuntmen bring the otherwise stale climbing sequences to life.

It never peaks on the excitement scale or boasts any major finale, it sort of fizzles down to a quiet, reflective ending, but it paces well and is entertaining enough to watch, and thankfully it’s not all set on the mountain itself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better and higher than the Eiger itself, 21 Sep 2011
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Having been to Switzerland and witnessing the Eiger close up it was a pleasure to watch the film which was thrilling from start to finish. I am going back to the Eiger next year to make my own (home) movie.!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Clints No James Bond, 15 Dec 2010
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G. R. Donaldson (Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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Its been a very long time since I last saw the Eiger Sanction so when I saw it was available again I bought it from Amazon.
There is much to like, laugh and cringe at in this film. The action sequences are remarkable, with big Clint doing his own climbing. The ropey mastermind of the secret organisation that Clint works for is a good laugh. A clear foreunner to Mike Myers Doctor Evil. I cant be certain but I think he was the promoter in the first Rocky film. All his scenes are tinged with a blue haze, no doubt to make him appear more menacing. Some of George Kennedy's dialogue made me cringe as I lost count of the number of times he told big Clint what a great guy he was or what a great climber he was.
The highlight however was Jack Cassidy's turn as a treacherous camp spy/ assasin with his wee dog "faggot". If you haven't watched the Eiger Sanction then its worth checking out. Not many films can make you laugh, cringe and gasp in fairly equal measures..........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem in the 70s movie vault, 6 Oct 2010
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I really enjoyed this...classic Eastwood. Well directed, plenty of humour including one of the best put downs of all time from George Kennedy. All the action and intrigue is there. While there are some cheesy moments that the critics of the time seized on, this 35 year old movie really stands the test of time in my view. Perfect for a 47 year old male viewer having a night in and a couple of beers.
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