The Gauntlet (1977) - Action, Crime, Thriller

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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.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 16 out of 115 found boring (13.91%)

One-line Reviews (69)

Thankfully, the movie's so compelling and fun that you simply overlook plot holes and take amusement in the joyous preposterousness of it all.

So, what we have here is an mildly entertaining action film that is simply brainless fluff.

Flawed, Absurd, but Highly Entertaining .

" I have Plan 9 also, and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than "The Gauntlet.

This is a great and thrilling film.

Regardless, the ending is over-the-top, uncreative, unimaginative, unsatisfying, unbelievable, and dull.

For those (like me) who first most want to see full blown fun action, this is definitely worth the watch...

It opens deceptively well and promises another great Eastwood film to come, but as events roll on, the absurdity of the plot and the predictability of the script wear you down so much that boredom rears it's ugly head and you're tempted to switch it off before it's reached the end.

Ben Shockley is no Harry Callaghan (even if they both share s downbeat sense of humour and a grumpy temperament) as unlike the dynamic and instinctive Harry Callaghan, who is always in control and always ready for action, Shockley is an underachieving Buffoon, slow on his feet and slow on the uptake, and blind to the corruption in the police force.

The dialog between Eastwood and Locke is crisp and entertaining and the action sequences well staged.


Absolutely absurd and predictable...

Predictable and stupid .

The challenge of playing the cop, Ben Shockley, in "The Gauntlet" was that the character was virtually the opposite of Harry Callaghan: he's a loser, a man resigned to doing twenty years in the force and then looking forward to collecting his pension… His car is full of empty whiskey bottles, his life is a shambles, he's never even been given a big case let alone solved one… He is sent from Phoenix to Las Vegas to 'bring back a nothing witness for a nothing trial'.

It's hip, raunchy, ultra-violent, cool, absurd and just so darn entertaining from beginning to end.

I know what alcoholics look like, how they smell, and how they react to the dreary struggle to get by every new molecule getting in their way (they drink).

idiotic, boring, unbelievable, shallow.

But the excess of ambush shootouts gets tiresome and ultimately the film really doesn't work.

I recently watched it for the umteenth time, and I find it a highly entertaining time waster.

What I found most entertaining were some sharp conversations, like the motorcycle gang confrontation, and Sondra Locke's job description to the kidnapped constable.

The film is very exciting and the music is very good.

It certainly has the grace and confidence of a genre veteran, telling a readily, laughably ridiculous and predictable story with excellent liveliness.

While the movie is often entertaining, some of the action sequences are so unrealistic that it brings me out of the movie at points.

It's made with such conviction, it just whisks you along, right up to the absurd, and yet riveting, bullet-drenched ending.

They are mostly repetitive shootouts.

Possible spoiler - As the bus drives through Phoenix, police line up on either side of the street to empty thousands of rounds into the bus.

Take this, for what it's worth, an entertaining no brained actioner, with it's share of faults, we can dismiss, as we just want to great to get caught up in the stupidity of it all.

If you like Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, and the rest of the cast I've mentioned above and the Dirty Harry series and exciting non-stop action films then I Strongly recommend this film!

This noisy Clint Eastwood vehicle is good fun, with lots of exciting sequences, though thoroughly unbelievable pretty much from the start.

Because everything about it is so over-the-top that its just stupid and repetitive.

Highly entertaining.

I can only recommend this film for those who really get off on watching a slow-moving bus get riddled with 3 million bullets.

But the movie is fun to watch for Clint as a non-Dirty Harry type cop, mind boggling use of fire power, and an array of odd characters along the way.

Once this is done, "The Gauntlet" is exciting and entertaining.

THE GAUNTLET is a very entertaining film and shows Eastwood's talents as a director.

Enjoyable and diverting, with a good 'old-school' spirit,.

But, here the movie is more about chases and dodging bullets, particularly in an intense climax, involving a bus.

He still exhibits a trademark cool and his character displays an unexpected tenacity: he's going to prove that he's a better cop than people (including himself) might believe him to be.

It does make for a thrilling denouement for the film.

If I had to compile a list of absurd movies with predictable twists, thin plot, and limited character build-up, this movie would win hands-down.

overall,this is a very good effort,and well worth the watch.

"The Gauntlet" is a highly entertaining movie with a flawed and absurd story.

Sometime's the setup is confusing too.

Clint Eastwood's film is about a rugged alcoholic cop who seems to be going nowhere in life.

However, the film's underlying premise is intriguing, if unoriginal.

"The Gauntlet" is an enjoyable thriller/action movie about a cop that must deliver a witness to the court .

Not his best film, but the most entertaining .

The final set piece is pretty damn intense, but there's a well executed helicopter / motorcycle chase preceding it that is exciting.

While the first ten minutes is uneventful drama, introducing us to the characters and basic plot, the next fifteen minutes go into overdrive with one thrilling action scene after another.

It was written as a serious police movie, and came off as a boring, totally unrealistic shoot-em-up.

) The over the top shootout scenes go a bit tiresome after a while.

But the film is a waste of time.

Shockley and Gus jack a bus, empty it of passengers, then Shockley puts armor on it to defy the army of cops lined up on each side of the street to kill him and his prisoner.

so the entire police force in both Las Vegas and Phoenix will unquestioningly act out his command to pump one million bullets into a house and another three million bullets into a slow-moving bus.

"The Gauntlet" isn't one of Clint Eastwood's most important films but judged on its own merits, it is an entertaining film.

Riveting .

Devastating stylistic exercise wasted on a bland story .

Clint Eastwood strays a little from his Dirty Harry character in this violent, ridiculously illogical, but enjoyable film.

Worth watching, at least once!

There were many great scenes, and although they were beyond absurd and unrealistic, they still were very entertaining.

The riveting action sequences include wild car chases, assassination attempts, spending the night in the desert, an encounter with an outlaw bike gang, a fight on a moving freight train, a chase where their (stolen) motorcycle is pursued by a marksman in a helicopter.

This time around Eastwood plays Ben Shockley, a washed-up cop really going nowhere in life.

The good: terrific action, however silly and over the top, it is still incredibly enjoyable.

) The film is supported by some enjoyable and opportunistic cinematography, a lovable jazz score, and two surprisingly good performances.

The high points of the film are it has Eastwood in his usual tough guy role which is always great to see, and there are a few good action sequences, including and exciting helicopter/motorcycle chase in the desert.

The pacing of the movie is tight, the dialogue cracking with crude insults and snappy banter and the action is well staged too.

Eastwood once explained carefully to an interviewer why he had chosen her: he wanted to get away from the cliche of the dumb whore.

It was a kind of entertaining though watching the entire police force shoot down the bus as they made their way back into Phoenix.

Clint Eastwood's sixth directorial effort "The Gauntlet" qualifies as an outlandish, audacious, unbelievable, but thoroughly entertaining contemporary crime melodrama about a lackluster Phoenix detective sent to Las Vegas to bring back a "nothing witness for a nothing trial.