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The Eiger Sanction

March 17, 2012

Films about mountaineers turn me on. Maybe it’s the ropes and crampons and beards, not that I’m gay or owt. Anyway, here’s one of Clint’s lesser known fillums which finds him looking all craggy as usual.

The Eiger Sanction is a 1972 thriller novel by Rodney William Whitaker, written under the pseudonym Trevanian. The story was made into a film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood in 1975.

Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, art professor, mountaineer, and occasional assassin, is called upon by a secret agency of the U.S. government to perform two more “sanctions” (contract assassinations).

He will need to climb the Eiger to complete his task. He goes back into training and eventually climbs the mountain with a team that he believes includes his victim—whose identity he will have to deduce on the mountain. Poor climbing conditions disrupt the climb, and lead Hemlock to the discovery that his target is someone other than he had expected.

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  1. And he gets the girl in the end. I think I saw this one.

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