Watch: The Eiger Sanction 1975 123movies, Full Movie Online – Dr. Jonathan Hemlock (Clint Eastwood) 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..
Plot: 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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Strong start, limp finish.
I enjoyed the spy elements to ‘The Eiger Sanction’, sure it’s a bit cheesy and could feel like a Bond knock-off in parts, but all in all it was cool to see Clint Eastwood in that role. Unfortunately, while I wouldn’t say it’s bad, the rest of the film focuses on uninteresting – due to how dragged out it is – mountain climbing.
It concludes with strong vibes of 1959’s ‘Third Man on the Mountain‘, a Disney film that is filled with mountain climbing. Like that aforementioned production, I didn’t dislike what I was seeing but it’s just not that intriguing to watch for an extended time.
I’m rating this 3* as it’s still a solid film, with neat cinematography, but it could’ve been so much more due to what it sets up initially.
_**Dirty Harry climbs a mountain**_
An American art professor (Clint Eastwood) is coerced back into his former occupation as a government assassin for a couple final hits before retirement. One of the gigs involves an international climb of The Eiger, a mountain in Switzerland, so he has to prepare at a resort in Arizona ran by his buddy (George Kennedy). Thayer David plays the head of the secretive organization while Jack Cassidy is on hand as a foppish nemesis in the desert.
“The Eiger Sanction” (1975) is a secret agent adventure/thriller that’s not as over-the-top as James Bond. Handheld cameras and special equipment were utilized for the climbing sequences wherein Eastwood did his own stuntwork under risky conditions. A British climber, 26 year-old David Knowles, died on The Eiger while making the film. Climber Chic (Charles) Scott was embittered about nearly everything concerning the shooting of the hazardous climbing scenes and you can read his diatribes online. (The proverbial “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” applies).
The film scores pretty well in the feminine department with Candice Rialson as an art student, Brenda Venus a fitness trainer, Heidi Brühl a dubious wife of one of the climbers and Vonetta McGee a fellow agent. Eastwood was in his prime at the time, the king of cool who effortlessly attracts these ladies.
The scenic shots in Monument Valley, Utah and Switzerland are alone worth the price of admission, plus there are several quirkily amusing or engaging bits. Meanwhile the score by John Williams is mostly good, but some of it is incongruous for a secret agent thriller (e.g. the curious mellow piece during the climax & end credits). There’s something odd about the production in general that makes it unique in the Eastwood canon and explains why it’s relatively obscure.
The movie runs 2 hours, 8 minutes, and was shot in California (Los Angeles, Universal City and Carmel-by-the-Sea), Arizona (Monument Valley), Utah (Zion National Park) and Switzerland (Zurich, Kleine Scheidegg and Eiger/Bernese Alps).
A very risking and dangerous movie to make.
I love this movie, Like Play Misty For Me this is a different kind of Clint Eastwood movie which is not a western or a cop movie. This is an espionage thriller with a surprise ending. He plays an assassin who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his friend. In order to catch the unidentified killer he must participate in a mountain climbing expedition which the killer is also participating. Clint really took a big chance while making this movie. He did all the dangerous mountain climbing stunts. If I was directing and starring in a movie I wouldn’t do a stunt that is dangerous. I urge Clint Eastwood fans to watch this movie, they won’t be disappointed.
Eastwood. Clint Eastwood.
Its set-up establishes a pulpy, espionage-based plot similar to something out of a Moore-era Bond flick (except with a slightly colder protagonist and a much more cynical view of the government), but the rest of ‘The Eiger Sanction (1975)’ doesn’t really live up to this premise. It initially seems like typical ‘assassin brought out of retirement’ sort of stuff, with Eastwood’s hitman having to take on one final mission to appease his cartoonishly albino former boss, but it the transitions almost totally into a mountain climbing movie. Its second act sees its hero train for the climb that takes up its entire third and, though both are occasionally interrupted by more conventional action elements, they sort of overtake the initially established narrative. Don’t get me wrong, some of these sequences are rather arresting in themselves and the fact that Eastwood did most of his own climbing helps with that. The mountaineering and assassination elements come together in a somewhat unconventional final movement that pulls an age-old bait-and-switch but does it with poise. The overall experience is entertaining, if uneven and often somewhat slow. 6/10
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 9 min (129 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Director Clint Eastwood
Writer Hal Dresner, Warren Murphy, Rod Whitaker
Actors Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,262 m (Norway)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm