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Gauntlet, The (1977)

Original Title : The Gauntlet
Director : Clint Eastwood
Writer : Michael Butler
Dennis Shryack
Genre : Action
Thriller/Crime/Drama
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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poster for "Gauntlet, The" by Clint Eastwood (1977)
Gauntlet, The (1977) - Clint Eastwood
 

Starring

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
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

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.