The Eiger Sanction (1975)
- Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
- Rating IMDb: 64
- Year: 1975
- Duration: 2:9
Classical art professor and collector Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.
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.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock (Clint Eastwood) is a professor of art, highly skilled mountain climber, and a former assassin for the U.S. government. He is lured out of retirement when a former colleague is murdered. The targets: the men who killed his friend. One catch: killing one of them will require him to climb his nemesis, the mountain that he has twice failed to scale: the Eiger.
Dr. Jonathan Hemlock (Clint Eastwood) was a government assassin, who was sent to terminate, or as they call it “sanction” anyone who killed an American Agent. His former employer asks him to sanction two men who killed an Agent. When he refuses, his employer threatens to expose the artwork he has amassed with the money he earned working for them, to the I.R.S., knowing that he can’t account for how he acquired them. So he agrees to one job, only which he does. When he refuses to do the second one, a woman he picked up took the money he was paid. Knowing his employer sent her, he confronts the man and tells him what he can do with himself. That’s when he is told that the agent who was killed is an old friend of his, and the reason why they need him is because he’s a mountain climber and the second man though unknown, is part of group who will be climbing the Eiger, which is a mountain that he tried to climb twice and failed. When he accepts after demanding a large fee, his employer tells him that a man against whom he has sworn vengeance, though not involved with the death of his friend, so he was not deemed a sanction, but he was the one who transported the information that was taken from him so they’ll allow him to go after him. So he proceeds to go to a friend’s mountain climbing school to train for the climb. While there the man shows up and wants to make a deal with him.