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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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The travel route of the cross-country trip that cop Eastwood escorted witness Locke went from Las Vegas, Nevada to Phoenix, Arizona. See more »

Goofs

When the constable's car swerves wildly and almost goes out of control, the sunglasses case and citation book on the dashboard never move. See more »

Quotes

Ben Shockley: Now, the next turkey who tries that, I'm gonna shoot him, stuff him, and stick an apple in his 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 »

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 »

Connections

References Every Which Way But Loose (1978) See more »

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One of the worst scripts ever
20 December 2005 | by nef1150See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine how movies as bad as this get made. I blame whoever allowed Clint Eastwood to direct it. As the big-star-turned-director perhaps he had too much authority for anyone to point out when this project left the rails. What a terrible waste. It's got great cinematography and the acting's OK. It could so easily have been a '70s cult classic if someone with half a brain had edited the schizoid screenplay. It starts off with a vaguely plausible storyline aimed at adults. But it suddenly veers off into a blend of spaghetti western chaos and Scooby Doo idiocy which even a 10 year old would snigger at. Keep watching right to the end, because the risible finale is so bad it's almost good.


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