Gauntlet

The Gauntlet

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 surviving car bombs, a house shot to pieces, a helicopter-motorcycle chase, and finally driving an armored bus through a gauntlet formed by scores of shooting cops. Amidst the mayhem, Ben falls in love with the smart-mouthed, college-educated Gus, and she insists on riding out the gauntlet with her Ben. An obedient cop who is not as clever as his female charge, Ben Shockley is the opposite of Eastwood's ultra-capable loner Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry series, allowing Eastwood to poke fun at his image even as Shockley eventually does get the job done. While the exaggerated action set pieces also parody the Eastwood cop hero's usual invincibility, their efficient, energetic staging still makes them effective; The Gauntlet was another popular success for Eastwood as director as well as star.

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In addition to working well as an Eastwood actioner, The Gauntlet should probably serve as ground zero for any study of his films' attitude toward women. Eastwood's hard-living, success-starved cop begins the film as an unrepentant sexist, but after being saddled with an antagonist/love interest Sondra Locke, who more than holds her own against him, he leaves the film with an adjusted attitude. That Locke plays a no-nonsense, tough-as-nails, world-weary prostitute only makes his progress that much more curious. It's these sort of difficult to disentangle, seemingly contradictory politics that make even Eastwood's least ambitious films -- of which Gauntlet is certainly one -- rewarding viewing. This attitude toward women in particular has caused him to be reviled as a sexist and lauded as a feminist; whichever way you choose to look at it, The Gauntlet makes for gripping, if familiar, viewing. Eastwood's character's gutter integrity may be imported from the Dirty Harry series, but his deliberately paced direction -- in addition to matching the open spaces of his Southwestern setting -- allows him to explore the details of the persona to a greater extent in a film that's as interesting as much for what's in its margins as for what happens in center stage.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
UPC:
0883929128112
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
25,796

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Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Ben Shockley
Sondra Locke Gus Mally
Pat Hingle Josephson
William Prince Blakelock
Bill McKinney Constable
Michael Cavanaugh Feyderspiel
Carole Cook Waitress
Robert Barnett Doctor
Mildred J. Brion Old Woman on Bus
Ron Chapman Veteran Cop
Doug McGrath Bookmaker
John Quiroga Taxi Driver
John Rainer Policeman
Art Rimozius Judge
Mara Corday Jail Matron
Jeff Morris Desk Sergeant
Samantha Doane Biker
Roy Jenson Biker
Dan Vadis Biker
Carver Barnes Bus Driver
Teddy Bear Lieutenant
Don Circle Bus Clerk
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Tom Friedkin Helicopter Pilot
Darwin Lamb Police Captain
Roger Lowe Paramedic Driver
Fritz Manes Helicopter Marksman
Joe Rainer Rookie Cop
Al Silvani Policeman

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director
Ira Bates Set Decoration/Design
Michael Butler Screenwriter
Joel Cox Editor
Robert Daley Producer
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Hashimoto Asst. Director
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Fritz Manes Associate Producer
Rexford Metz Cinematographer
Don Schoenfeld Makeup
Dennis Shryack Screenwriter
Allen E. Smith Art Director
Ferris Webster Editor
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

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