Strap in your caribiners, because The Eiger Sanction is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.
Review in a Nutshell: A spy movie based off of a deadly serious reading of a satirical novel by Trevanian, The Eiger Sanction captures the zeitgeist of the Seventies in a way that few other films do, not that this is always a good thing. The mountain-climbing scenes in the third act are breath-taking.
Oh, I saw this in the theatre when I was in college! Wow, it was – something, all right: Raging offhanded homphobia, a plot that was all over the map, and – yeah, great mountain climbing scenes. I had no idea the book was meant to be satiric….
Also – did not know this, but according to Wikipedia, THE EIGER SANCTION screenplay was co-written by Trevanian (under his real name of “Rod Whitaker”) and men’s adventure/mystery writer Warren Murphy (the Destroyer series, currently published by Tor).
Tammy and I knew Warren and his then-wife Molly Cochran when we all lived in New York City and hung out at the mystery bar Bogie’s. Between this and REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, it’s clear Warren couldn’t catch a break when it came to Hollywood…..
We talk about that in the episode. Trevanian gets a writing credit, but from what I gather he had pretty much nothing to do with the actual script, and the finished product was mostly a result of Murphy’s efforts.
Paul, I posted on FB that this is one of my dad’s favorite movies. He’s probably seen it 25 times. He sat me down to watch it with him in probably 2003 or so. I thought it was decently entertaining (as most Eastwood movies are) but I couldn’t help feeling like it was a part of a film franchise or something. It’s hard to put my thoughts on it into words, but The Eiger Sanction feels to me like it should be part two or three in a series of films rather than a stand-alone movie.
What’s with the breathing/steam/paper ripping sound that runs almost throughout the pod cast ? Its really distracting.
This was the first podcast we recorded after Sean moved and had to rebuild his recording setup. His gain was turned up too high, so his recording captured a lot of hissing and background noise, probably from his computer’s fan. I did the best I could to remove the noise, but I couldn’t eliminate it entirely.