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.
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
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
More than 8,000 rounds were used for the climactic shootout scene. See more »
From the outside, the windshield on the driver's side is riddled with bullets but from the inside only one hole is visible although the metal sheeting extends almost the width of that windshield. See more »
STAR RATING: ***** Unmissable **** Very Good *** Okay ** You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead * Avoid At All Costs
Ben Shockley (Clint Eastwood) is a washed-up, typically loose cannon (well, he would be played by Eastwood!) detective whose best mate goes by the name of Jack Daniels (if you know what I mean!) who gets assigned to transport a volatile prostitute named Gus (Sondra Locke) across state to testify in a trial. Of course, some people, namely in the shape of the mob and some crooked cops, aren't having this and decide to give them a hard time about it. Cue the typical explosions, gun-fights and general mayhem that you all payed to see...
Legendary British film critic Barry Norman once stated that, among his many fallings-out with many famous, high-profile Hollywood stars (including the likes of Robert De Niro and John Wayne!), he actually made friends with Clint Eastwood by providing him with some refreshing frank honesty as opposed to all the pompous butt-kissing he was used to receiving from the publicists and hangers-on around him. When he asked Norman what his feelings were having just watched a preview of The Gauntlet in his professional capacity as a critic, obviously expecting another delivery of 'yeah, Clint, it was great, you're fantastic', he was instead hit with the blunt truthful opinion: "yeah, it was okay, but it was a bit preposterous." And I can see what he means...
Thinking about it, I actually think Eastwood's enduring longitivity has been down to how safe he is. He'd dedicated to the art of film-making, plain and simple. He goes into the studio, he directs, he acts and he produces, whatever...Some of his work with the legendary Malpaso company has been great, others not so great, which this dross is certainly an example of. It opens deceptively well and promises another great Eastwood film to come, but as events roll on, the absurdity of the plot and the predictability of the script wear you down so much that boredom rears it's ugly head and you're tempted to switch it off before it's reached the end. I love the guy, but some good action scenes are sadly not enough to make this a script Clint should have chose not to pick. **
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