Clint Eastwood is a down-and-out cop who is sent on a routine mission to pick up a witness and deliver her to the Phoenix courthouse. Sounds easy until he realises he's been set up by the man who gave him this simple assignment. The interplay between Eastwood and the witness, a clever prostitute played by the actor's former girlfriend, Sondra Locke, is tough and playful. They obviously had strong chemistry. The story is highly implausible at times, but the action sequences are satisfying. Eastwood directs The Gauntlet
very much in the style of his Academy Award-winning Western Unforgiven
. Although the body count is surprisingly low for an Eastwood action film, a house, several cars and a large bus get shot through with more holes than a big wheel of Swiss cheese. For Eastwood fans, this is the laconic hero at his prime. --Richard Natale
Clint Eastwood plays a cop assigned to escort a prostitute (Sondra Locke) to court, where she is to act as a key witness in a police official's corruption trial. Pursued by both crooked police and mobsters, Eastwood and his charge are forced to flee cross-country.