The Gauntlet Reviews

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½ January 5, 2014
While it's rather disappointing for an Eastwood flick, The Gauntlet has some decently fun Eastwood action
½ January 5, 2015
Bare Eastwood who carries this otherwise ordinary film over the goal line.
½ January 1, 2015
A fun trip with Clint. Lots of action, and the suspense on what he'll do next is well... Suspenseful!
½ September 20, 2014

100 to 1

"Nag, nag, nag."-Ben Shockley (Clint Eastwood)
August 18, 2014
Stupid action movie.
July 31, 2014
Why Clint, why?This film has an implausable lackluster plot, thin characters, cardboard bad guys, a police force of useless muppets who fire on a bus without understanding the crime that Clint has supposedly commited properly. To top this off the film has a heavy handed rape vibe interlaced through the movie, completely at odds with the average and cliched plot. This is a two-bit Eastwood stinker, and definitely not the finest hour for Clint or 70's cop films.
Super Reviewer
½ August 23, 2010
A typical slick action flick from the 1970s with Clint Eastwood doing what he does best (at least in the opinion of many cinema-fans at the time), saving the girl, looking grim and as cool as a cucumber and dodging bullets like no other. Watching this film from the perspective of retro-70s enthusiasm, one will enjoy the over-the-top waste of bullets, the fashion, colour palette that ranges from brown to brown and of course, Sondra Locke in the lead (partially in the nude mind you!). The finale tries very hard to stand in the tradition of the classic wild west "one-man-renegade" showdown but it feels a tad forced. Clint Eastwood is great, but I think the script should have supplied him with a few more one-liners, make his character feel less driven by fear and duty rather than verve and Eastwoodian determination. The antagonist does a good job of holding his grizzly face into the camera, but the film does lack a grim henchman that stays on the trail of the elusive couple on their great escape through the mid-west. All in all, a b-movie that should tick all the boxes for genre fans, but there are better road movies with a touch of cool out there.
½ June 20, 2014
Or, Clint does his own version of 3:10 to Yuma.
June 15, 2014
I've always liked this cartoony action flick from Clint. Although it lacks the harder edge of the Dirty Harry films, this film features some wild action scenes with most bullets fired since the climax of "The Wild Bunch" (Sam Peckinpah was actually attached to direct this film at one point). Clint plays a drunk and worthless detective who's charged with bringing a prisoners from Las Vegas back to Phoenix. What he's not told is that he was chosen for the job by his corrupt police commissioner boss because he's a drunk incompetent, and that the commissioner wants Clint and the prisoner, Sondra Locke, both dead before she can testify. On their journey from Vegas to Phoenix, they encounter a hail of bullets that brings a house down to the ground, biker gangs, fights on moving trains, and the eventual gauntlet in an armored bus to get Locke to the Phoenix City Hall. Clint is, as usual, terrific and he also took on directing duties, handling them quite well with Don Siegel-like efficiency. I've never been much of a fan of Locke, but she does give one of her more likable performances in this film. It's lightweight fare, but it's pretty entertaining.
November 25, 2011
Good cop movie. The ending makes no sense, though. There's some good stuff before it, at least.
½ May 18, 2014
The Gauntlet is one of those movies you'd be watching if you want to see Clint Eastwood being Clint Eastwood, and he knows exactly how to deliver in this movie. The plot doesn't really break much new ground, but it comes together nicely, leading to an entertaining conclusion. My favourite part of the movie is when the main characters are driving a bus, and the corrupt police officers punish that bus with a veritable hailstorm of gunfire. The characters are actually pretty good, even if it's mainly due to their performance rather than personality, though Clint Eastwood naturally steals the show. There's not that much action in this film, but the action scenes look realistic, and that adds a certain edge to the movie.
January 1, 2014
The Gauntlet is definitely not Eastwood's best film, but it's still a very entertaining action film no less. While the script is cliched and Sondra Locke's character can be rather annoying and stupid, the film works well because of the great performance by Clint Eastwood combined with the thrilling action scenes peppered throughout the film. It also has many moments of really funny humor thanks to the chemistry between Eastwood and his then-girlfriend Locke. I had a lot of fun with this film and it's an underrated film in Eastwood's filmography.
Super Reviewer
½ September 13, 2011
Certainly not the best Eastwood film, but a middling one in which he Directs and stars as a cop who is te opposite of his badass Dirty Harry character. Still, even the more humble cop gets the job done and there is some fun to be had here.
½ April 5, 2013
Our home away from home Dirty Harry film. Everything we love about him is there. Clint and Sondra are perfect on screen together and the chemistry is genuine. Filled with a lot of action, humor and explosions this is sure to guarantee all fans an non fans of Eastwood alike.
August 31, 2013
I own this on DVD and Blu-Ray
½ June 30, 2013
Does death, mayhem, shooting and gambling tickle your fancy? If so, I would recommend this one because it has all of that.
June 17, 2013
Fine action film with exciting scenes and a good story behind it, which is difficult to find in this genre. Once again, Clint Eastwood rules.
Super Reviewer
½ June 2, 2013
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 The Gauntlet he plays a no nonsense cop who escorts a prisoner and protect her from the mob. This is an exciting and well crafted film that is action packed, and humorous throughout with direction from Clint Eastwood, who keeps you entertained due to a well written script and effective performances from Eastwood himself and lead actress Sondra Locke. This is a worthwhile film for Eastwood fans, and is sure to thrill old school action fans. The Gauntlet is a solid picture that is entertaining from start to finish. Clint Eastwood is great here and ands he proves once again that he is an icon of cinema. When a film lover thinks tough guys, Clint Eastwood is usually at the top of the list. His acting is always entertaining, and his performance is always something to watch. He may have kind of been typecast as a bad ass in Hollywood, but he never disappoints. This is one of the finer films of the 1970's starring Eastwood, and aside from the Dirty Harry films, covers similar ground, but reinvents the formula quite a bit. The Gauntlet is fun entertainment that you shouldn't pass up and if you love straight forward action, then this is a film worth checking out. The Gauntlet is one of the most memorable action flicks of the 70's, and with a smart script, great cast and wonderful direction, it is among Eastwood's best directed features of that era.
½ May 29, 2013
Decent cop drama / prisoner escape / corrupt cop film - well directed by Eastwood with a decent plot and action. Eastwood is very much in the Callahan mindset and the film is a decent one and well made.
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