Gauntlet, The (1977)

Original Title : The Gauntlet
Director : Clint Eastwood
Writer : Michael Butler
Dennis Shryack
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Daley , Fritz Manes
Music : Jerry Fielding
Photography : Rexford L. Metz
Distributor : Warner Bros.
IMDB ID : 0076070
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Gauntlet, The (1977) - Clint Eastwood


┬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 Desk Sergeant
┬Samantha Doane Biker
┬Roy Jenson Biker
┬Dan Vadis Biker
┬Carver Barnes Bus Driver
┬Robert Barrett Paramedic
┬Teddy Bear Lieutenant
┬Mildred Brion Old Lady on Bus (as Mildred J. Brion
┬Ron Chapman Veteran Cop
┬Don Circle Bus Clerk
┬James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
┬Thomas H. Friedkin Helicopter Pilot (as Tom Friedkin
┬Darwin Lamb Police Captain
┬Roger Lowe Paramedic Driver
┬Fritz Manes Helicopter Gunman
┬John Quiroga Cab Driver
┬Joe Rainer Rookie Cop
┬Art Rimdzius Judge
┬Al Silvani Police Sergeant
┬Marneen Fields Biker Chick (uncredited


Phoenix cop Ben Shockley is well on his way to becoming a derelict when he is assigned to transport a witness named Gus Mally from Vegas. Mally turns out to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and incriminating information regarding a high-placed figure. Shockley's suspicions are aroused and the betting line against Mally testifying begins to climb when the transport vehicle is bombed and Mally's house is literally shot to pieces. The pair must face the truth about those they trust, as well as their own inner strengths, as they fight their way to Phoenix, finally using an armored bus to run a gauntlet of hundreds of police armed with high-powered weaponry.


Clint runs "The Gauntlet" with a lady named Gus., 7 June 2004 Author: lemon993 from Staten Island, New York This baroque and utterly implausible action drama subscribes to the over-the-top theory of movie making. Huge quantities of bullets, bikers and bad apples are unleashed on Mr.Eastwood, Ms. Locke, his remand witness, and us, the audience. Eastwood executes the gauntlet with great resolve and resourcefulness: he even knows how to fortify a bus with armored plates. Clint is in peak form and Locke will never again reach the heights that she does here. Clearly, the two have wonderful screen chemistry and would remain together as a couple for more than a decade. Watching the film today, I think there is a scene that went missing--or was cut. It occurred at the beginning of the movie and involved the sadistic police commissioner and Locke's prostitute. The scene is later described in great detail by Locke when she and Clint are on the lam in a desert cave. So where is it? My dad took me to see this "R" rated film on a bitterly cold night in early February '78--it was released in late '77. I think he was unaware of the rating because I did get an eyeful that night. Make sure you see this movie letterboxed in order to absorb all the destructive power and subtle artistry on display.