The Gauntlet
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Clint Eastwood is appropriately flinty as Ben Shockley, an Arizona cop sent to safely extradite prisoner "Gus" Malley (Sondra Locke). She's to testify in a police-corruption trial, a fact that has made her the target of certain high-ranking cops. Once his superior Josephson (Pat Hingle) is killed, Eastwood is completely on his own. Set up for extermination himself by crooked police official Blakelock (William Prince), Ben is compelled to lead Gus through an unbelievable police gauntlet, protected only by an armor-plated bus and his wits. Contrary to the film's ad campaign,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A crime picture in which Clint Eastwood departs quite effectively from his Dirty Harry character"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...suffers from a pervasively muted atmosphere that effectively drains its more overtly thrilling interludes of their impact."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A pretty effective string of action set pieces"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's an absurdly violent tale, but the violence eventually reaches an almost avant-garde, visual dimension."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Contrived to the point of ridiculous, but still bizarre enough Eastwood to watch."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Harry just keeps on mowin' 'em down."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A personal vision, as bold and outrageous as late-Peckinpah's, of Man versus the Cosmos"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Eastwood good, Locke bad. Good finale though."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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