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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
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Eastwood Thriller, 21 April 2015
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(Warning Review Contains Plot Spoilers).

The Eiger Sanction (DVD).

Product Info.
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: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 123 minutes

Special Features.
Trailer

Budget: $9 million
Box office: $14,200,000

Cast.
Clint Eastwood as Dr. Jonathan Hemlock
George Kennedy as Ben Bowman
Vonetta McGee as Jemima Brown
Jack Cassidy as Miles Mellough
Thayer David as Y.A. Dragon
Gregory Walcott as Clemnet Pope
Reiner Schöne as Karl Freytag
Michael Grimm as Anderl Meyer
Heidi Brühl as Anna Montaigne
Jean-Pierre Bernard as Jean-Paul Montaigne
Brenda Venus as George
Candice Rialson as Art Student
Elaine Shore as Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard as Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn as Reporter
Walter Kraus as Garcia Kruger
Frank Redmond as Henri Baq (Wormwood)
Siegfried Wallach as Hotel Manager'
Susan Morgan as Buns

What's The Story.
College lecturer Jonathan Hemlock tops up his university paypacket by carrying out the occasional assassination. His latest assignment involves joining a climbing expedition up the Eiger, identifying the Russian killer amongst the group & then eliminate this threat.

Timelord Thoughts.

The Good.
- Clint Eastwood is always watchable
- Great cinematography
- Jack Cassidys flamboyant performance as Miles

The Bad.
- Poor DVD transfer
- Dull in parts
- Disappointing conclusion

The Eiger Sanction was actor/directors Clint Eastwood attempt at doing something a little different in his career & trying to break away from the westerns & cop genre.

Eastwood star's as college lecturer & womaniser Jonathan Hemlock who also happens to be a former assassin for hire who is approached by a albino named Red Dragon to first kill a Miles Mellough & then another assassin who's identity is unknown but will be part of a mountain climbing expedition, so in order to kill this mysterious assassin Hemlock seeks out his former friend & climber Ben Bowman to help train him to climb the Eiger in order to sniff out & kill the other target.

Ths film is a decent enough spy thriller which has dated badly & features some shocking homophobic gay references that can make for uncomfortable viewing in today's times, Eastwood is always good in any role & plays against type here delivering a darker performance as former assassin Hemlock who is lured out of retirement for one last job via blackmail too eliminate a couple of targets, the action is decent when featured but not quite up to Eastwoods usual standards, the cinematography is amazing though & certain shots features some superb location filming & stunts during the climbing sequences on the mountain climb are quite tense viewing thanks in part to John Williams dramatic music score which adds great suspense to this movie.

However the reveal of the actual assassin came as no real shock as it's revealed to be Hemlocks friend Ben who strangely develops a limp simply because of the cold weather,"go figure" his leg seemed ok during the earlier practice climbs, arthritis perhaps?, this plot twist is disappointing as Hemlock then simply let's his friend live after a buddy buddy talk which gives the film a completely unrealistic & poor conclusion after the half decent build up.

Actor, Jack Cassidy is campier than a dozen Louie Spences but marvellous in his role as flamboyant homosexual Miles Mellough as Cassidy makes this unlikable character with no redeeming qualities somehow likeable that makes the audience feel some empathy for him when his character is left to die in the desert at the hands of Hemlock.

The DVD transfer isn't great, the print is quite grainy & the colour looks washed out & features some very dark areas that overall lacks any remastering polish which is poor by Universal's standards.

Overall, The Eiger Sanction is a watchable thriller letdown by some cliche characters & a very weak climax, a pity as with a few tweaks to the script this film could've been another franchise venture for it's star but like the movies final hour set in the icy landscape of Switzerland the end result left me feeling cold.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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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
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`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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eiger Sanction on Blu Ray stands out better than the previous DVD release, 21 Mar. 2015
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DAVID WILSON (Stanhope Gardens, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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The Eiger Sanction on Blu Ray stands out better than the previous DVD release. Amazing colour and sound, the cinematography is breath taking along with the direction of Clint Eastwood. This Blu Ray edition is well worth the money for anyone who wants to add this movie in their Blu Ray library. It is presented in the 2:35:1 aspect ratio which the previous DVD was not in he HD format, the DVD version looks like a window in the middle of the screen. Therefor one would have to press the zoom button on the remote control which leaves the DVD to look scratchy when it is zoomed in to see the movie.

The art cover on the Blu Ray sleeve could have had the original art work from the movie poster which would have been better than having a photo of Clint Eastwood with some grey hair. The studios need to get their marketing designs corrected and go back to the original art work intended for this movie and other Blu Ray releases. I can't understand how hard that can be, Clint Eastwood does not have grey hair in this movie considering it was filmed in 1974 and released in 1975. Overall, the movie holds up very well on Blu Ray. Some of the movie can be corny but it is all just for fun watching the breathtaking scenes climbing the mountain. The John Williams score matches the movie perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing Film., 13 May 2013
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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' own action adventure film but, in my opinion, it works really well - providing you buy into the Clint Eastwood role of Jonathan Hemlock being ruthless, cold-blooded assassin, art college professor, knowledgeable art treasure addict and (for some convenient reason!) talented former mountaineer all rolled into one.

If you can do that, then chances are you'll really enjoy this ride. It's quite a long film but it has several varied and spectacularly-scenic locations and a strong thread of continuity to the story so it's a great journey of a film. You don't have to think too much - just sit back and enjoy being carried along. There's sufficient gravitas to the assassin aspect, there are several elements of humour here and there and it's a great 'widescreen' picture that takes in, as already mentioned, locations in Europe and the USA which are all beautifully filmed in their natural colour with no studio 'tinting' afterwards.

Eastwood was obviously very enthusiastic about making this film and I think his enthusiasm really shines through in the finished result.
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