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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Shockley
... Gus Mally
... Josephson
... Blakelock
... Constable
... Feyderspiel
... Waitress
... Jail Matron
... Bookie (as Douglas McGrath)
Jeff Morris ... Desk Sergeant
Samantha Doane ... Biker
... Biker
... Biker
Carver Barnes ... Bus Driver
Robert Barrett ... Paramedic
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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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21 December 1977 (USA)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,400,000
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The movie's special effects team had a crew of thirty-five people and a budget of one million dollars. Special effects expert Chuck Gaspar said, at the time that the movie was made and released, that the picture involved the most challenging special effects tasks he had ever been given to that time. See more »

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Between the time Shockley leaves Gus and the time he arrives at city hall, the amount of blood on his forehead varies considerably. See more »

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Ben Shockley: [to the prone female inmate feigning sleep] Hit the deck, Mally.
[to the warden]
Ben Shockley: Did she have anything to eat?
Jail Matron: Just a cup of coffee this morning.
Ben Shockley: [inspecting the empty mug] Yeah. Looks like she smoked a few cigarettes and put the ashes in the coffee.
[the girl lifts up her head to look at him]
Ben Shockley: Old army trick. She wanted to look sick.
Gus Mally: [jumps up from the bunk, tries darting away, is caught] Let me go! They're gonna kill me! I want a fucking lawyer!
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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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"I've Got The Gun, Clyde"
13 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Gauntlet is the second of six films that Clint Eastwood did with Sondra Locke, an amount that certainly qualifies them as a screen team of note. They were for 15 years a team off the screen as well.

The Gauntlet casts Locke as a hooker who is being subpoenaed as a witness in an organized crime case. She's in Las Vegas where if you'll recall prostitution is legal and apparently she's learned some interesting information. More interesting than she realizes because there are some people who want to make very certain she does not reach Phoenix where the Maricopa County District Attorney has her for a witness.

Assigned to the case is Clint Eastwood who is characterized by himself as a tired old time server of a cop. He's not by reputation with the Phoenix, PD a Harry Callahan. But to the regret of forces who want to see Locke dead and consider him an incompetent and expendable, Clint fools them all.

As a film The Gauntlet goes at a good clip and the suspense from the first attack against Eastwood and Locke does not let up for a second. The dialog between Eastwood and Locke is crisp and entertaining and the action sequences well staged. The two leads get good support from Pat Hingle as Eastwood's luckless partner and William Prince the corrupt Chief of the Phoenix PD.

I'm not sure whether Prince wants Locke dead for her testimony linking him to organized crime or for the fact she can testify to some alternate sexual practices he favors. Either way Prince is absolutely manic about making sure they never get to Phoenix alive.

For fans of Clint Eastwood, The Gauntlet is one of his best films, one of my favorites of his, and something not to be missed.


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