The Eiger Sanction


2h 5m 1975
The Eiger Sanction

Brief Synopsis

Art history professor Jonathan Hemlock was formerly an assassin working with an international intelligence group. Jonathan is happy to have put his secret life behind him, but he is blackmailed into doing one more hit, which the organization calls a "sanction." The target is one of three men who are going to attempt to climb the Eiger, a challenging mountain range in the Swiss Alps, and the hit is to take place during the trip. Jonathan is an experienced mountain climber, but is unnerved that he has not been told which of the three he is to kill.

Film Details

Also Known As
Eiger Sanction
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
1975
Location
Monument Valley, Arizona, USA; Switzerland

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Art history professor Jonathan Hemlock was formerly an assassin working with an international intelligence group. Jonathan is happy to have put his secret life behind him, but he is blackmailed into doing one more hit, which the organization calls a "sanction." The target is one of three men who are going to attempt to climb the Eiger, a challenging mountain range in the Swiss Alps, and the hit is to take place during the trip. Jonathan is an experienced mountain climber, but is unnerved that he has not been told which of the three he is to kill.

Film Details

Also Known As
Eiger Sanction
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
1975
Location
Monument Valley, Arizona, USA; Switzerland

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Crap?
- Jemima Brown
Excuse me? You did just start this conversation off by saying crap didn't you?
- Jonathan Hemlock
I can't believe that you're a stewardess.
- Jonathan Hemlock
Actually I'm not, I'm a skyjacker in a drag.
- Jemima Brown
Oh, that's reassuring, just give your name and I report you to the proper authorities when we land.
- Jonathan Hemlock
Jemima
- Jemima Brown
And I'm Uncle Ben...
- Jonathan Hemlock

Trivia

Clint Eastwood did all of his own stunts, including the scene where he cuts his safety line over a drop of at least one thousand feet.

The shoot marked the last time that anyone was allowed to climb the "Totem Pole" in Monument Valley. In return for permission to film there, climbers with the production had to remove all of the pitons, which had accumulated from years of climbing, on their way down.

In the car-chase scene, where Hemlock is being pursued along a cliff road by Miles Mellough and his bodyguard Dewayne, there was so much dust that the actor portraying Dewayne could not see where he was driving. To compensate, he drove looking up through the sunroof and followed the ridge line above. While effective, this driving method so unnerved actor 'Jack Cassidy' that he demanded his stunt man take his place in the car.

In the scene where Hemlock killed Dewayne, Miles Mellough's bodyguard, the blood shown was actually chocolate syrup.

One climber died during the shoot.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video November 12, 1987

Released in United States Spring May 1975

Re-released in United States on Video May 23, 1995

Formerly distributed by MCA Home Video.

Released in United States Spring May 1975

Re-released in United States on Video May 23, 1995

Released in United States on Video November 12, 1987