The Gauntlet – 1977

The Gauntlet - 1977 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Overview

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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The Gauntlet - 1977 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Clint Eastwood – Ben Shockley
  • Sondra Locke – Gus Mally
  • Pat Hingle – Orville

Director

  • Clint Eastwood

Plot

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.

Critical Reception

“I usually abhor excessive violence, but this film really uses it for laughs. A guilty pleasure.” – Holly -IMDB

“Just leave your brain at the door and enjoy the total chaos and destruction that follows with your screen being sprayed with bullets! Definitely recommended for fans of Eastwood and gritty action films.” – Lost in Limbo – IMDB

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