The Gauntlet
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Playing police stooge Ben Shockley, Clint Eastwood sends up his Dirty Harry-ness in this 1977 cop film-action movie-romantic comedy. Ben is assigned to escort tough Vegas hooker Gus Mally (Sondra Locke) to Phoenix for a Mob trial because, he thinks, he always "gets the job done." But corrupt commissioner Blakelock (William Prince) chose alcoholic Ben precisely because Ben does not get much done at all, and Blakelock has no intention of letting them get to Phoenix alive. Once Gus figures this out and makes Ben see the truth, Ben resolves to prove Blakelock wrong, even if it means… 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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