The Gauntlet (1977)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  21 December 1977 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mara Corday ...
Jail Matron
Bookie (as Douglas McGrath)
Jeff Morris ...
Desk Sergeant
Samantha Doane ...
Dan Vadis ...
Carver Barnes ...
Bus Driver
Robert Barrett ...


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 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. 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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Release Date:

21 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruta suicida  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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More than 8,000 rounds were used for the climactic shootout scene. See more »


Upon learning that Shockley has hijacked a bus in Wickenburg Arizona and is en route, Blakelock announces that it will be three hours before the bus arrives in Phoenix, 150 miles away. Actually, the two cities are only about 50 miles apart - a distance that can easily be traveled in an hour or so. See more »


Blakelock: Now, can you handle it, or do I have to write it out in braille and shove it up your ass?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in True Romance (1993) See more »


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Clint runs "The Gauntlet" with a lady named Gus.
7 June 2004 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

This baroque and utterly implausible action drama subscribes to the over-the-top theory of movie making. Huge quantities of bullets, bikers and bad apples are unleashed on Mr.Eastwood, Ms. Locke, his remand witness, and us, the audience. Eastwood executes the gauntlet with great resolve and resourcefulness: he even knows how to fortify a bus with armored plates. Clint is in peak form and Locke will never again reach the heights that she does here. Clearly, the two have wonderful screen chemistry and would remain together as a couple for more than a decade. Watching the film today, I think there is a scene that went missing--or was cut. It occurred at the beginning of the movie and involved the sadistic police commissioner and Locke's prostitute. The scene is later described in great detail by Locke when she and Clint are on the lam in a desert cave. So where is it? My dad took me to see this "R" rated film on a bitterly cold night in early February '78--it was released in late '77. I think he was unaware of the rating because I did get an eyeful that night. Make sure you see this movie letterboxed in order to absorb all the destructive power and subtle artistry on display.

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