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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
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Jail Matron
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Bookie (as Douglas McGrath)
Jeff Morris ...
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Samantha Doane ...
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Carver Barnes ...
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Robert Barrett ...
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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 a 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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21 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruta suicida  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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According to the book "Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner" (1992) by Michael Munn, the desert hideaway house that got shot-up cost US $250,000 to construct and featured seven thousand drilled holes that were used to house explosive squibs which would be set off to simulate gunfire. A team of fifteen men worked eight hour days for a month rigging the dwelling with the squibs for a shoot-out sequence that would result in the demolition and collapses of the building. Special effects co-ordinator Chuck Gaspar said, "Needless to say, we only had once chance to film the take!". And Clint Eastwood said of the sequence that he wanted "not just an ordinary explosion...I wanted the house to collapse to the ground as though it was being eaten away by a gigantic mass of termites". See more »

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In Las Vegas the odds for a horse called "Mally No Show" keep increasing. It is revealed that there is no such horse and it gambling device to show that the mob is betting that Shockley will fail to get the witness to court. However, horse racing uses Parimutuel betting. Therefore, you cannot bet that a horse will lose. In parimutuel betting the odds of one horse goes up because more money is bet on other horses to win. See more »

Quotes

Gus Mally: Shockley...?
Ben Shockley: Yeah?
Gus Mally: What's gonna happen at the border?
Ben Shockley: We'll pick up an escort to take us to Phoenix.
Gus Mally: Who?
Ben Shockley: Police. Arizona police.
Gus Mally: How do you know?
Ben Shockley: Because I asked for 'em.
Gus Mally: Did you call the same person you telephoned from the house?
[looks worried, brushes through her hair with her hand]
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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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References Every Which Way But Loose (1978) See more »

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Flawed, Absurd, but Highly Entertaining
10 September 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Phoenix, the alcoholic and mediocre detective Ben Shockley (Clint Eastwood) is assigned by the Chief Commissary Blakelock (William Prince) to bring the witness Gus Mally (Sondra Locke) from Las Vegas for a minor trial. Shockley travels to Vegas and finds that Gus Malley 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.

"The Gauntlet" is a highly entertaining movie with a flawed and absurd story. There is no press representative or judge from the tribunal to question the reason for the shooting to stop the bus. The helicopter chasing the motorcycle with the sniper failing in his shots is funny. The situation of the gauntlet in Phoenix is hilarious and the police force is incapable to shoot the bus tires or engine to stop the vehicle. Sondra Locke is very beautiful in the role of a smart prostitute and this is the type of movie that the viewer must shut down his or her brain and have lots of fun. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Rota Suicida" ("Suicide Route")


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