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½ May 8, 2016
Very good cop movie, young audience don't seem to like this kind of heroes anymore, but still it's a good movie even for today!
April 14, 2016
Without dishing out spoilers. The ending is so over the top and would never happen. Great fun and Eastwood is the balls. Really loved the finale and some nice comic moments throughout.
½ March 19, 2016
I'm not much of a fan of Sondra Locke, which is a bit of a problem, because I'm a big fan of the Clint, and for the duration of their relationship in the '70s and '80s, she was in pretty much every movie he made (or at least the ones he directed). I enjoy many of those films despite her presence, but this is the only one in which I actually like her. Overall, it's great. The premise is fun and original, and there's plenty of laughs, suspense and action. The obvious chemistry between the leads makes it that much better.
½ July 28, 2015
While it's rather disappointing for an Eastwood flick, The Gauntlet has some decently fun Eastwood action
July 21, 2015
If they wanted to stop the bus why didnt they just shoot out the tyres? Rubbish.
March 30, 2015
An exciting ride despite the implausible script.
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.
July 27, 2014
Good Clint Eastwood film
Super Reviewer
½ July 11, 2014
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.
June 10, 2014
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 December 8, 2013
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.
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