The Gauntlet

Clint Eastwood  Actor Sondra Locke  Actor Pat Hingle  Actor William Prince  Actor Bill McKinney  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Not For Children

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The Gauntlet

UPC: 883929128112

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Not For Children]

Summary: 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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Category: Action

The Gauntlet

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 06/01/2010

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DTHD, DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: French,Spanish

Keith Phipps

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. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Michael Butler  Screenwriter 
Robert Daley  Producer 
Clint Eastwood  Director 
Jerry Fielding  Composer (Music Score) 
Dennis Shryack  Screenwriter 
Clint Eastwood  Actor 
Sondra Locke  Actor 
Pat Hingle  Actor 
William Prince  Actor 
Bill McKinney  Actor 
Michael Cavanaugh  Actor 
Carole Cook  Actor 
Robert Barrett  Actor 
Mildred J. Brion  Actor 
Ron Chapman  Actor 
Doug McGrath  Actor 
John Quiroga  Actor 
John Rainer  Actor 
Art Rimozius  Actor 
Mara Corday  Actor 
Jeff Morris  Actor 
Samantha Doane  Actor 
Roy Jenson  Actor 
Dan Vadis  Actor 
Carver Barnes  Actor 
Teddy Bear  Actor 
Don Circle  Actor 
James W. Gavin  Actor 
Tom Friedkin  Actor 
Darwin Lamb  Actor 
Roger Lowe  Actor 
Fritz Manes  Actor 
Joe Rainer  Actor 
Al Silvani  Actor 

Country: USA