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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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Clint Eastwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Ben Shockley
Sondra Locke ... Gus Mally
Pat Hingle ... Josephson
William Prince ... Blakelock
Bill McKinney ... Constable
Michael Cavanaugh ... Feyderspiel
Carole Cook ... Waitress
Mara Corday ... Jail Matron
Doug McGrath ... Bookie (as Douglas McGrath)
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Desk Sergeant
Samantha Doane Samantha Doane ... Biker
Roy Jenson ... Biker
Dan Vadis ... Biker
Carver Barnes Carver Barnes ... Bus Driver
Robert Barrett 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 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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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gauntlet See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,400,000
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie featured chases, escapes and action sequences involving a variety of vehicles. These includes a car, a van, a bus, a train and a motorcycle. See more »

Goofs

Hundreds of shots hit all parts of the aluminium coachwork, taking 'drilling for lightness' to extremes. Any attempts to later apply car polish would result in snagged yellow dusters in no time. Usual moviegoer observations concerning tyre durability and continuity are documented elsewhere in 'Goofs'. See more »

Quotes

Ben Shockley: On a scale of one to ten, I'd have to give her a two, and that's because I haven't seen a one before.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Back in 1978 Norwegian cinema version was cut to get an 16 rating, later video rental version and DVD version are uncut. See more »


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Some Good Eastwood Action
6 November 2018 | by actionstar-89625See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood plays a Jack Daniels swilling, not-so-bright Phoenix cop named Ben Shockley. He is sent by police commissioner Blakelock (William Prince) to Las Vegas to pick up a hooker (Sondra Locke) who doesn't mean much and not much to be worried about. Or that's what he is told anyways. Soon they are both chased by the mob and by cops.

Not to be taken too seriously as at times borders on ridiculous. Eastwood (who also acted as director) keeps things moving, not really leaving the viewer much time to catch their breath as it never veers into boring. Not one of Eastwood's best though, but worth a watch. Also has a nice jazzy score by Jerry Fielding (who did other Eastwood scores like Outlaw Josey Wales and Escape From Alcatraz). Also starring a couple of Eastwood staples Pat Hingle and Bill McKinney. Must say though that the ending or last three minutes almost ruined the film for me and strains the credibility of the film.


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