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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Oct 23, 2008
Slick Rock put in
Haston was Clint's double. Bev Clark told me in a interview this past august "I'm the guy in the green duvet." Annie Haston told me how well they where treated and that Eastwood was a great guy. Sadly a young climber David Knowles was killed early on in production by rock fall on the Rote Fluh. Here's a picture of a million Japanese tourists at one of the windows.
Eiger station window
Eiger station window

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Oct 23, 2008
rockerwaves
Mike Hoover (Solo) was the technical climbing coordinater, photographer, and Clint Eastwood’s stunt double for the tower climbing shots. The late Beverly Johnson (Mike’s wife) and Rick Ridgeway were also involved in the desert shots.

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By Buff Johnson
Oct 23, 2008
smiley face
who climbed the plumbing?

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By Jim Matt
From Indianapolis, IN
Oct 23, 2008
Jim at the Boneyard TRing a route
Dragon: "you drive a hard bargain, Hemlock!"

Truly a classic...I watch it every year with my freind Dennis Lee in Estes Park!

And George...I'd take her as a training partner any day...at least, back in that day! The actress' name is, "Branda Venus"...sounds almost porno-ish, no??

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By Peter Arndt
Oct 23, 2008
Pete Arndt on final pitch (ramp) of the Conn Route...
The topic of climbing movies comes up every now and again on this site (and others).

I love Eiger Sanction but my all time favorite is 1950 film "White Tower".

Lloyd Bridges plays a German climber that can't give up on the idea of ze master race. When the unlikely climbing party want's to rest. He say's in disdain. "TO REST IS NOT TO CONQUER".

I can also relate that this was the legendary Chuck Pratt's favorite climbing movie.

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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Oct 23, 2008
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
Allen, I knew you guys would know the "facts". Dougal Haston, In High Places and The Eiger were two books that were some of my earliest inspirations.

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By Richard Radcliffe
From Louisville, CO
Oct 23, 2008
Here's one of my favorite sort-of realistic climbing scenes. It's from "For Your Eyes Only". 007 was played by Roger Moore.


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By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Oct 23, 2008
The Shield
I stand corrected on Messner.
However, Bjornstad was pretty believable that he filled in for Kennedy on the Pole.

I remember that I was very new to climing, really only exposed by a friends dad and reading mags and the occasional boulder, when For Your Eyes only Came out. I did not know enough to know of Ray Jardine. I remember watching a friend being placed and saying "That won't work."

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By Rick Blair
From Denver
Oct 23, 2008
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I thi...
I think James Bond is irresponsible going rope soloing without prussics, maybe he uses cordelette for shoe laces?

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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Oct 23, 2008
Slick Rock put in
That's Rick Slyvester doing the climbing. He also ski off Assgard for another Bond film. He was also very much part of the scene in Leysin in the late sixties.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Oct 23, 2008
rockerwaves
Look, you better get up there before he panics. Those pins are loose.
Jonathan, you're very good.
I have enjoyed climbing with you.
- We'll make it. - I don't think so.
But we shall continue with style.
Take it easy.
Take it easy. Don't panic.
Wait.
Look out!
I can't hold him! The ice is cracking!
- John! - You're limping, Ben.
I'll throw you a rope.
You're limping, Ben.
Listen to me.
I'll throw you a rope.
Catch this rope when I throw it to you.
Wrap it around you. Wrap the rope around you.
Hook the rope to you!
Good!
Now cut the rope above you.
Do what I tell you. Cut the rope above you.
Cut the rope above you.

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By Richard Radcliffe
From Louisville, CO
Oct 23, 2008
Olaf Mitchell wrote:
Now cut the rope above you. Do what I tell you. Cut the rope above you. Cut the rope above you.

And thus was born the "belay knife".

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By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Oct 23, 2008
The Shield
Eiger Quotes, as taken by watching the movie 17 times.

Does your condition preclude you from coming to the point?
Shabby research with involuted style.
Twice a year my blood must be fully replaced…With what?
He’d be ready in about 40 years.
We preferred you took the sanction for your usual reasons… greed, and avarice.
North Face, of course.
I tried to climb it twice, it tried to kill me twice.
Pardon me while I choke.
I accept the bonus.
The odds are stacking up against me.
Here’s to the selfish killer and the patriotic whore.
I usually keep a 20 in the bowl by the door – take it on your way out.
God damn my eyes. God damn you look good.
No need to hurry.
Hope I live to see it.
Nothin’ a piss ant couldn’t hop over.
Keeps me in moccasins.
Character and unpaid bills.
Shut up and drink your beer.
I’m gonna nurse made your ass all the way up that rock.
I can out climb you on your best day and I can out drink you right now.
Warm, humane person… gives good conversation.
Go piss up a rope.
Dirty, rotten, dirty, evil, scheming, bitch.
You have an incurable disease and lack the guts to kill yourself.
Let me tell you something, and I want you to listen cus I’m gonna ask questions later.
Your full of piss and vinegar today.
I’ll just tag along.
Its one way, I guess.
Way down deep you got the makings of a real bad ass. I don’t know that I’d want to be on a desert island with you and a shortage of food.
Looks like he could change a $9 bill in threes.
Regular man-trap.
Guts, skill, determination. All that stuff.
I may be crazy but I’m not stupid.
Your not gonna get far in life listening to a liar like me.
Something Massive!
Dead as Kelsey’s nuts.
God Damn my ass.
Hi ya buddy, your looking good.
You might have trouble playing the clarinet.
Even more he likes the title of leader, as if that makes him one.
Resting already, Herr doctor.
This climb is gonna be bad enough without any intrigue.
Looks like we have some wet-work ahead of us.
The man inside was not strong enough to keep the man outside alive.
You saw he was dead and you made tea? Drink it before it gets cold.
I don’t think so, but we shall continue in style.

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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Oct 23, 2008
Slick Rock put in
Your not going to leave me out here?

But Jonathan could die up there.

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By Buff Johnson
Oct 23, 2008
smiley face
Stragglers will be shot
I wish I was on the Eiger right now




Someone may as well just post up the whole screenplay

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 23, 2008
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
script-o-rama.com/movie_script...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Oct 23, 2008
rockerwaves
No one has mentioned the cliff scaling scene in "The Guns Of Naverone" Greagory Peck and Anthony Quinn that one showed alot of exposure also.

Dave mentioned the MI2 scene at Dead Horse Point. It's my understanding that Tom Cruze actually did the climbing in that breath taking scene. Ron Kaulk was on site as his climbing coach,and the late and great Earl Wiggins coordinated the shot and rigged the stunt so that it was safe and fairly realistic.I thought it fit well with the theme "Mission Impossible".

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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Oct 23, 2008
Slick Rock put in
Earl actually ran the Arriflex that was on the platform. People tend to not know how he innovated rigging. You know the big shots that are on the cable above the field that go from end zone to end zone on Monday Night Football? It's called the Spider Cam. Earl invented it.

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By SteveP
From tehachapi, CA
Apr 5, 2011
king
worst movie EVER! holy shit, a droopy eyed armless child could write better dialogue than that.

epic bump

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By Jaren Watson
From Rexburg, Idaho
Apr 5, 2011
Though it has come out since the original post, the German film, Nordwand, is excellent for a climbing movie. About the ill-fated attempt on the Eiger north face, the film shows stunning scenery as Hinterstoisser an Kurz attempt the FA.

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By Jim Davidson
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Apr 6, 2011
And the favorite "Eiger Sanction" line of me and my old New England partner, Pano:
(said with a German accent)
"Good weather. Bad weather. Any weather is good for climbing."

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By Bill Duncan
From Jamestown, CO
Apr 6, 2011
Leading the 3rd pitch of West Side Story.
Jaren Watson wrote:
Though it has come out since the original post, the German film, Nordwand, is excellent for a climbing movie. About the ill-fated attempt on the Eiger north face, the film shows stunning scenery as Hinterstoisser an Kurz attempt the FA.


+1

Without question, this movie does a better job at portraying climbing during that period than most. A couple of scenes made me squirm....

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By Tyson Anderson
From Las Vegas, NV
Apr 6, 2011
Rapping from the top of Cat in the hat
According to the zion guidebook one of the eiger sanction desert climbing scenes was filmed on this route: mountainproject.com/v/utah/zio...

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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Apr 6, 2011
Slick Rock put in
Haston about to be taken up to the face.
Haston about to be taken up to the face.


Clint in his dressing room.
Clint in his dressing room.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Apr 6, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Still my favorite climbing movie. I was pretty much alone in the theater back then to see it, as it didn't draw a big crowd in the Chicago theaters.

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