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The Gauntlet [1977] [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Sondra Locke , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler
  • Producers: Fritz Manes, Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZ6P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously entertaining 6 May 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
A one-time Steve McQueen-Barbra Streisand vehicle until McQueen met Streisand, and subsequently a Clint Eastwood-Streisand vehicle until Eastwood met Streisand, The Gauntlet sees Clint sending up his Dirty Harry image as a none-too-smart washed out drunken cop escorting Sondra Locke's foul-mouthed "nothing witness in a nothing trial" from Las Vegas to Phoenix and finding the Mob and every cop in two States determined to stop them - even the Vegas bookies are taking bets on ever-lengthening odds (70-1) on their not making it. From the days when Clint still made films in broad daylight and could film interiors without turning all the lights out and seen as wildly over the top at the time (even the famed Frank Frazetta poster art offered Clint as a Conan-esque muscular figure in ripped shirt with girl in one arm and gun in the other), now it's almost an exercise in naturalism for the genre. Sure there's more firepower on display that in all of Eastwood's previous films combined (including both Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes!), with cars, houses and buses shot to pieces with gleeful abandon while helicopters crash into power lines, but somehow Michael Butler and Dennis Shryack's script manages to sell the increasing absurdities in a perfectly conceived audience picture that's designed to entertain and does just that.

There's a nice line in self-deprecating wit that never quite crosses the line into outright stupidity and Eastwood's tight direction keeps the action moving without losing sight of the fact that it's the characters that really need to sell the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A NOTHING WITNESS FOR A NOTHING TRIAL' ??? 11 July 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The film though somewhat far-fetched is hugely entertaining, I've not watched this
1977 movie for some time, glad I took time-out to re-visit it.
'Phoenix' Cop 'Ben Shockley' has never quite achieved his ambition to be involved
and solve that one big case. these days he tends to drink too much.
He has been chosen by 'Commissioner Blakelock' (William Prince) to escort a key
-witness '''Prostitute' 'Gus Mally'(Sandra Locke) from 'Vegas' back to 'Phoenix' for
what 'Ben' (Clint Eastwood) has been told is a nothing trial.
The assignment is one that he will soon learn is one that he's not expected to complete.
When he learns there is a book running on his and 'Mally's' chances of completion with
odds of 50-1 and rising.
The fears that 'Mally' has are soon realized as they become under threat from the word
Going to 'Vegas' Airport for a flight to 'Phoenix' no longer an option after a Police ambush
at 'Mally's' home where the two had stopped off for her to change her clothing.
'Ben' after a little bit of logical thinking from 'Mally' begins to realize he'd been chosen as
a no hoper, in fact expendable, he realizes that there has to be a conspiracy which stems
from his 'Phoenix' headquarters itself.
The nothing trial could well be high-profile, 'Mob' related in fact.
After another set-up situation the two face a hazardous and eventful journey to 'Phoenix'
What 'Ben' hasn't counted upon however is the explosive welcome that awaits them in
Many exciting incidents along the way as 'Officer Shockley' attempts to complete the
mission he'd been give against all odds.
The picture quality is much better than some of the upgrades I've seen of 'Clint's' in recent
years.......although a 'U.S' Import purchase, the good news is that it is 'Region-Free'
( 'Clint Eastwood' and 'Sandra Locke' were partners in real-life 1976- 1983 )
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
I was interested to see the reviews were evenly spread down the stars.

I would go for four stars as an mediocre Clint film is still a good watch.

Do Clint's characters never ever understand that dealing with the baddies is the easiest part of his job as a hard bitten cop. His biggest problems come from his own colleagues and the police department particularity the commissioner or mayor.

He has his set of values which he upholds but they are always invariably corrupt to the core either giving into political demands or the mob in this case.

You have to suspend believe that if the whole police department and the mob were after you and are prepared to expend thousand of rounds that somehow all you will gets is a bullet in the leg.

Also you know if Sondra Locke is in the film you will get a squint at her naked chest which goes down well.Some baddies will try to rape her but Clint metes out appropriate justice. No cautions or community service for them Also you have to believe that hard bitten hookers would fall for down trodden cops who initially they hate.

You know if a sharp shooter turns up in a helicopter against one man on a motorbike that the helicopter comes off worse ( James Bond also used to sort out helicopters )

The final scene is fairly unbelievable but you know Clint has a job to do and he will do it. He delivers his witness to the court house in one piece confronts the baddies and sorts them out.

What did they expect ?

Not his best film but definitely worth a few looks.The Times gave it film choice but said it was dumber than usual. They were wrong.

They were right when they said it made the A team look true to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clint and Sondra
Good film and Eastwood is brilliant as an on the edge cop with a drink problem. He's asked to bring in a witness (Locke) to testify against the mob and soon realises he's been set... Read more
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Published 6 months ago by mooncat soleil
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eastwood
I was hoping that this wouldn't be just a rehash of Magnum and happily it isn't.

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Published 8 months ago by SBno1
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