The Gauntlet
The Gauntlet (1977)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Eastwood has a good time playing a dolt in the surprisingly funny Gauntlet, which otherwise has the typical Clint trappings.

Variety Staff

In a major role reversal, Clint Eastwood stars in The Gauntlet as a person who might be on the receiving end of the violence epitomized in his famed Dirty Harry film series.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Classic Clint Eastwood: fast, furious, and funny.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's an absurdly violent tale, but the violence eventually reaches an almost avant-garde, visual dimension.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

A major source of amusement is watching Eastwood the director leaving Eastwood the actor barely in control throughout. Eastwood's Annie Hall?

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hokum action pic.

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Fernando F. Croce

A personal vision, as bold and outrageous as late-Peckinpah's, of Man versus the Cosmos

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It is a movie without a single thought in its head, but its action sequences are so ferociously staged that it's impossible not to pay attention most of the time.

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Emanuel Levy

A crime picture in which Clint Eastwood departs quite effectively from his Dirty Harry character

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...suffers from a pervasively muted atmosphere that effectively drains its more overtly thrilling interludes of their impact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Clint Eastwood is one of Hollywood's most bad assed actors. Along with Charles Bronson, he has carved a career out of playing some memorable tough guys. In… More
jay nixon
Utterly ridiculous but undemanding crime drama.
Al S
An absurdly entertaining action-thriller. A slam-bang entertainment ride that's filled with enough action, suspense, comedy and surprising romance for two… More
Conner Rainwater
If you are a Clint Eastwood fan, this is one of the coolest movies ever made. It's like Dirty Harry and Coogan's Bluff combined into one, with enough… More
xGary Xx
Burnt out cop Clint Eastwood is sent to extradite a federal witness and finds himself targeted by both the mob and his own police force. After the success of… More
danny d
like dirty harry with slightly more personality, the gauntlet excels with entertainment and iconic eastwood action scenes, and suffers from audacious… More