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The Gauntlet 1977

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 made one of his most entertaining adventures in the late 70's with The Gauntlet, where he plays a worn out and washed up cop who is trying to make it into Phoenix with a prostitute before they're both killed. Sondra Locke plays the lead role alongside Eastwood in a fun and energetic performance that becomes the most likeable part of the movie. Locke is one of those actresses that kind of lurked around unnoticed, only appearing in a few other widely known films. These films are also Eastwood directed movies called Outlaw Josey Wales, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, and Sudden Impact. Eastwood is the reason Locke's extraordinary abilities as a lead actress were unleashed to the world. He is an outstanding filmmaker that truly can be called a legend, and his daring choice of bringing out Locke instead of giving in to a big name for financial benefit in film after film was amazing.

As soon as this film begins the pace is set and the audience is taken on a wild ride that is never for a second a dull experience. Eastwood and Locke are a classic pair as shown in a handful of films, but in this one they show outstanding chemistry and together create some of the most cherished sequences in film history in my opinion. The Gauntlet should be toward the top of the list and not neglected when Eastwood's classics are discussed. It's such an unbelievably watchable movie.
:fresh: Many mistake this one as a Dirty Harry film but it's not Eastwood plays Ben Shockly, Thought of as a screw-up cop he gets the job of prisoner transport even if it kills him. I wanted to see this one when I was kid because of the poster. Cool artwork.
The Gauntlet
Starring: Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke
Director: Clint Eastwood


Ben Shockley (Eastwood) is a burned-out Phoenix cop who is sent to Las Vegas to retrieve a reluctant witness Augustina "Gus" Mally (Locke). It seems like another meaningless assignment given to someone who is just counting down to retirement... until the bullets start to fly. Shockley soon learns that he was given this escort duty because his superiors expected him to fail and that he is in the middle of a plot cooked up by corrupt officials at the highest level of Phoenix's government. Shockley finds his spirit again, and, fighting against deceit on both sides of the law, he strikes back and sets in motion explosive plans of his own to deliver "Gus" to the Phoenix courthouse.

"The Gauntlet" is one of my all-time favorite action movies, and my very favorite Clint Eastwood film. He and Locke play fabulously off each other, and the rebirth that Ben Shockley experiences in the film makes him an extremely intriguing character that Eastwood brings to fantastic and believable life.

With non-stop action and just the right amount of humor and tragedy.well-timed plot-twists, villians who actually have mounted a conspiricy that's believable, and an over-the-top finale where an entire police force seems to have been mobiized to execute one lonely man and one lonely woman, "The Gauntlet" fires in perfect rhythm on all cylinders from beginning to end.

It's a classic movie that any lover of action films, cop dramas, and the works of Clint Eastwood needs to see.

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"The Gauntlet" actually serves as a nice contrast with the awful remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" from 2005. The two moves share many of the same themes and their main characters share several similar traits. They also both end with a misappropriate of police resources so extreme that the conspirators arrayed against the hero have lost even if they win.

However, "Assault" uses the elements badly and clumsily while "The Gauntlet" brings them all together in perfection. As a result, "Assault" is a dull string of action sequences that don't really result in anything than run-of-the-mill, going-through-the-motions storytelling with cliched and flat characters, and that culminate in what seems like an outrageous reach into the rediculous with the arrival of a helicopter and airborn SWAT officers; while "The Gauntlet" is a series of action scenes that lead to mysteries being solved, characters rediscovering strengths they thought they had lost, and that culminate in what seems like a perfectly acceptable final effort by desperate bad guys hoping to save themselves.

I think examaning these films closely will tell aspiring filmmakers volumes about what it takes to make a proper movie of this kind.
Theatre of the absurd - Clint-style. This fast-paces, mindless, silly film always remains true to itself, and succeds on its terms. Escessive violence is used as a metaphor for absurdity. William Prince and his protege who plays Federspiel are two of most memorable malevolent bureaucrats in film history. Supporting cast memeber are all in on the joke, and play it for all its worth - even usually uptight Sondra Locke scores wonderfully in this one.
Starts out passable, but the ending stretches credibility and just feels dumb.
Workmanlike thriller from director Clint Eastwood, who would helm much better, moodier films in the '90s and 2000s. Clint plays a gruff cop not too far removed from Dirty Harry. Sandra Locke plays a Vegas prostitute with mob ties who he is supposed to transport to Phoenix. The charisma between the two leads is genuine, plus we get some gritty action scenes and a corker of a chopper-copter chase.

The Gauntlet (1977)

I thought this was a pretty fun action movie. You can't go wrong with Eastwood as far as I'm concerned although I am surprised that this not one of his more popular action movies. It's at least as good as the last two Dirty Harry movies. I knew before watching this that 16 Blocks was basically a remake of this movie but I was still surprised at how similar the two movies were. Regardless this is yet another good Eastwood movie of many.
It's dumb and most of the plot, especially the ending, is inplausible. I liked it though and found it entertaining.
Nothing wrong with Clint but the ending and the journey to it is ridiculous.
If this movie was made today, it would be stereotypical, but made in 1977, it works and it works greatly.
This film is very entertaining and Clint Eastwood and his domestic partner, Sondra Locke do a great job performing.
Even though its a great action film, the last 15-20 minutes will confuse you.
From its movie cover to the end credits, the film is as entertaining as anything else you can do on this world.
But still, is a good film.
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