Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Movie Moments: #52

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Not one of Clint Eastwood’s best but still entertaining with some good climbing scenes.  Ignore the cheesy bits (see synopsis below) and stay with it as an action flick.

Dr Jonathan Hemlock, a mountaineer and professor of art, is also a retired government assassin.  He is blackmailed by Dragon, an albino ex-Nazi in charge of black ops, into coming out of retirement and killing (“sanction”) a target who is a member of a coming Eiger climb. Hemlock joins the team and the climb but must not only kill his quarry, he must also find out which one it is

(Ben Bowman, played by George Kennedy, is the climb manager).
Woman Journalist: Tell me, Mr. Bowman, in your opinion do these men climb to prove their manhood, or is it more a matter of compensating for inferiority feelings?
Ben Bowman: Lady, why don't you go get yourself screwed. It would do you a lot of good.

Clint Eastwood did all of his own stunts, including the scene where he cuts his safety line over a drop of at least 300 metres. The only stunt he did not perform was an 800 metre drop, for which a dummy was used.

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