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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
go.
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
'Phoenix'
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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VINE VOICEon 18 July 2009
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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I was hoping that this wouldn't be just a rehash of Magnum and happily it isn't.

Alcoholic cop Ben Shockley (Eastwood) is a bit washed up and is chosen to transport a prostitute Gus Malley (Locke) to court. She is to testify in some minor crime, but unknown to Ben is that the defendant is a powerful mobster who will rather see Gus dead and buried. What turns out to be a routine transfer turns into a fight for life with most of the Police tricked into thinking that Ben is dangerous and needs to be stopped.

Well paced action film with a bus that must have inspired the A-Team!

At the current price of 3GBP it is an Eastwood bargain not to be missed
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on 28 August 2015
As an Eastwood fan I feel that this is the worst film he ever made, scenes that were beyond belief, for example Clint and Sondra Locke are holed up in a house and about 10 police cars turn up with alsorts of powerful guns and completely demolish the house, it collapses and yet both stars escape unhurt!! give me strength.
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on 28 February 2015
Clint Eastwood is on top form in this movie, both clint and Sondra Locke work well. this story tells of detective ben shockley played by clint, given the assigned task of escorting gus mally, played by miss locke who is is testify in a mob trial. which we soon find out that the mob doesn't want gus to be a witness, and so this great adventure then starts. pq is great on this blu ray, 1080p 2.35.16.9.
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on 29 July 2015
Clint is as charismatic as ever as troubled cop Ben Shockley. Clint,s ex girlfriend Sondra Locke is the not so ladylike Gus Malley who he is sent to collect. Not in the same league as Dirty Harry, but enjoyable nonthereless,
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on 23 August 2013
This is THE ONE!If you only ever watch one Clint Eastwood movie in your life this is it.Ben Shockley is a burnt out cop sent to pick up a nothing witness for a nothing trial?Well,the nothing trial unbeknown to Shockley is closer to home than he knows?He must collect Gus Mally from lock-up halfway across the country back to his own station.Along the way,we have mishaps in attempts at Killing Shockly and his prisoner in the form of,Blown up ambulances,shot up cat house,ambushed check points,a run in with bikers and a runaway train only to finish his journey with prisoner in hand in a metal plated bus entering the city getting shot at from all angles.Plenty of action and gunfire.A real triumph.....CLASSIC.
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on 16 March 2005
A modern fable from Eastwood wherein Prince Charming is a washed-up alcoholic cop with a bad case of burn-out, the Princess in peril is a foul-mouthed, smartass skinny white hooker and the dragons and villains in need of slaying are bikers, crooked cops and sky-diving helicopters.
Always an artist with a rare eye for taking a risk, Eastwood experiments with a movie that takes the cop action/drama genre and cross breeds it with an urban fairy tale of fantastical proportions. Intended as a piece of slick entertainment rather than a gritty, realistic message movie to be taken seriously, The Gauntlet just about works on the level it is pitched at.
Obviously, no one could ralistically survive the sustained hail of bullets that Eastwood and Locke do throughout it's running time and no law enforcement agency in the civilised worls would be allowed to dispense such firestorms at just two people. If you accept that this film is essentially a shadowy cop fantasy rather than a neo-realistic expose of, say, police corruption, then you may get a fair deal of enjoyment out of it. If you can't, then you probably won't.
Not the most satisfactory of Clint's efforts, it has to be said, yet definitely worth a look for the fans and those willing to suspend disbelief.
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on 8 July 2014
Another great Clint film comes to blu-ray and the picture is fantastic. Great story and some great action, Clint is a top class actor and he does not disappoint in this film. If you like Clint Eastwood then you will love this film, not one of his best but is essential.
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on 6 August 2013
This is a very classic attraction film which is in VC1 image quality and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound quality. This remastered film is much improved from DVD quality. You get a lot for your money if you buy it!
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