The Gauntlet

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Released 1977

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Director:
Clint Eastwood
Released:
1977
Rating:
R

Phoenix cop Ben Shockley's dream of breaking "the big case" has faded over time. His assignment to escort from Las Vegas "a nothing witness for a nothing trial" seems like another meaningless exercise. Until the fireworks start. Clint Eastwood runs The Gauntlet into an explosive movie embodying its title with a vengeance. The witness is a hardened hooker (Sondra Locke) whom everyone - including Vegas oddsmakers - wants dead. Trapped between both sides of the law, the two must survive an obstacle course of raging gunfire, blazing cars, swooping helicopters, murderous ambushes, crazed bikers and crooked police. Building to a ferocious finale that shoots an armored bus to smithereens with more than 8,000 bullets, The Gauntlet is a trip you can't miss.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Gauntlet is classic Clint Eastwood: fast, furious, and funny. It tells a cheerfully preposterous story with great energy and a lot of style, and nobody seems more at home in th...

  • 70

    Time Out

    The well paced script is an effective mixture of worldliness and naïveté: despite the couple's graphic sparring scenes, in which Eastwood more than meets his match, their relatio...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As slow as Eastwood appears onscreen, he's learned a thing or two about fast pacing as a director. The action is frequent, occasionally inventive, and, aided by some searing trumpe...

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Action & Adventure

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Thrillers, Crime