The Gauntlet

directed by Clint Eastwood
List(s):"Movie One"
Category: "Action/Adventure"
Year of Release:1977
Date Added:12/31/2014
Date Watched:02/20/2015
Description:Mediocre Phoenix cop Ben Shockley (Clint Eastwood) is given an assignment by his chief Blakelock to pick up Gus Mally (Sondra Locke), a prisoner in Las Vegas, and bring her to Arizona for a trial. Things begin to go wrong immediately. Gus tells Ben that there are odds in Vegas against them making it. Their rental car blows up. The entire Vegas police force shows up at Gus's house and fires at it until it falls over while Gus and Ben escape out a tunnel. They're chased by helicopters, fight with a motorcycle gang and fall in love. Gus explains to Ben that Blakelock is in with the mob somehow and she has information to prove it. When they get to Phoenix, Ben steals a bus and fits it with armor, then drives it slowly down the streets of the city while every cop on the force shoots at him. There's sudden cease fire on the courthouse steps and Ben and Gus climb out of the bus. Blakelock shows up firing his weapon and Gus shoots him while every cop in town watches and then lets them limp away.
My Rating:4

Reviews for The Gauntlet

Review - Gauntlet, The

There isn't a scene in this movie that makes sense. Thousands upon thousands of shots are fired, but the only people who are killed are an innocent ambulance driver, a creepy Vegas cop who happened to get in the way and Shockley's old partner. Why did the Phoenix cops shoot most of their rounds into the empty passenger portion of the bus instead of trying to disable it or hit Shockley through the armor in front? Why did they suddenly stop firing and let Ben and Gus walk out unharmed? Why did they stand by stupidly while Gus shot their chief. Why did none of them get hit when they were lined up in rows firing at a target between the rows or when they were all crowded closely around Blakelock when Gus shot him? It's not just that the whole plot involved a conspiracy that was never explained — it's that the action sequences themselves made no sense, even apart from the plot.
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