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The Gauntlet (1977)

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A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

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Josephson
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Blakelock
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Constable
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Feyderspiel
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Waitress
Mara Corday ...
Jail Matron
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Bookie (as Douglas McGrath)
Jeff Morris ...
Desk Sergeant
Samantha Doane ...
Biker
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Biker
Dan Vadis ...
Biker
Carver Barnes ...
Bus Driver
Robert Barrett ...
Paramedic
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Storyline

In Phoenix, the alcoholic and mediocre detective Ben Shockley is assigned by the Chief Commissary Blakelock to bring the witness Gus Mally from Las Vegas for a minor trial. Shockley travels to Vegas and finds that Gus Mally is an aggressive and intelligent prostitute with college degree and she tells him that the odds are against her showing up in court. Shockley learns that she will actually testify against a powerful mobster and the mafia is chasing them trying to kill them both. He calls Blakelock and request a police escort from Phoenix to protect them. But soon he discovers that someone is betraying him in the police department. Now, Shockley and Malley hijack a bus and Shockley welds thick steel plates and transforms the cabin in an armored bus trying to reach the Forum. But they will need to drive through a gauntlet of police officers armed with heavy weapons. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Clint Eastwood is the man in the middle of The Gauntlet

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Action | Thriller

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21 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruta suicida  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

One of around seven collaborations of actor Bill McKinney and Clint Eastwood. See more »

Goofs

When Shockley orders the "kidnapped" constable to turn into a gas station parking lot they pull up to a pay phone. Directly past the phone parked parallel to the curb is a hard-top Jeep/Land Cruiser type vehicle. The scene then cuts to Shockley and the constable getting out of the police car. The scene then cuts back to a view of the pay phone and the Jeep is gone and a Suburban-type vehicle is now parked perpendicular to the curb. Not enough time (only a few seconds) had elapsed between the two scenes for the Jeep to leave and the Suburban to park and the driver to leave the vehicle (it was empty). See more »

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Ben Shockley: Exactly. Reasonable suspicion. I can go anywhere I please if I have reasonable suspicion. Now if I have suspicion a felony's been committed, I can just walk right in here anytime I feel like it, 'cause I got this badge, I got this gun, and I got the love of Jesus right here in my pretty green eyes.
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A disclaimer at the end reads: "Law enforcement procedures depicted in this film do not necessarily represent those of any law enforcement agency mentioned herein." See more »

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Referenced in Skinned Alive (1990) See more »

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70's masterpiece from Eastwood. Feast for Clint fans.
20 June 2001 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Everyone has a number one favorite actor, I'm quite sure about it. I just simply love legendary Mr. Clint Eastwood and every work he has ever done. I don't know why, there's something so peculiar about him, something different. I wonder what would've the 70's been like without Clint and his roles as a for example Dave Garver in his directing debut "Play Misty for me", Harry Callahan, Joe Kidd, John "Thunderbolt" Doherty in "Thunderbolt and lightfoot", Josey Wales, Philo Beddoe (yes, even him) and the mysterious stranger in "High plains drifter"? He's done so much for the audience and I'm thankful for everything we've got from him over the years. I can't help of admitting I love his flicks even if they aren't as good as they normally are or should be.

I'm not referring to this movie, I'm just saying that if I love those much poorer films (Firefox, Pink Cadillac, Any which way you can...) it goes without saying I adore "The Gauntlet" because it's unconditionally one of the best movies from him ever and there isn't a real movie freak in the world who can possibly deny it. It's the 6th motion picture he directed and Clint's role as a drunken cop Ben Shockley is one of the coolest in his long and successful career and one my personal favorites. They don't make movies like this anymore. Plot is so fast, funny and ridiculously amazing it brings me into a total ecstacy. I'll promise when you've seen the crazy end sequence of "The Gauntlet" you'll never forget this film. One of the most memorable Eastwood classics of the 70's and a much better than for example many of the "Dirty Harry" sequels. I also think that this is Sondra Locke's best performance in Eastwood's movie. From Clint's own directions, this is by far his very best police film. Definitely 10 out of 10.


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