The Gauntlet (1977)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller

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A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.




  • Clint Eastwood in The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Sondra Locke in The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke in The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Clint Eastwood in The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Mara Corday in The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Clint Eastwood in The Gauntlet (1977)

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8 July 2008 | tdh71
This movie has great action for a 70s film
The Gauntlet is a story is pure courage shown on behalf of Clint Eastwood. Also,his directing talents have not gone astray. The film centers around a police detective named Ben Shockeley,who is transferring a prisoner who was with the Mafia. However,the police know of the close bond he has with the prisoner and send out a bunch of their forces to stop him. Shockley eventually crosses paths with renegade bikers,police crooks,and more,with the story eventually finding him driving an armored bus through town to City Hall with millions of police shooting at the bus. I think Clint did a great job in hiring Annie Pearl Curtis as the stunt driver for the bus.She did all the steering and driving through the streets. She's currently a bus driver in Alachua County,FL. Bus 2306,of course. Unfortunalty,this movie was her first and last performance. She's now taking it easy and doing her duty. Overall,the action is great and the movie is worth seeing.

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The rest of the bikers were played by real-life members of a motorcycle club called "The Noblemen". They were from Las Vegas and southern Nevada. Clint Eastwood wanted them for some of the roles of the antagonists in this movie. However, they were one of the few in the Las Vegas area. Some of the real-life bikers by the names of Bear and the McHaney Brothers are still some of the original members, and are still hanging about. Except for Roy Jenson, Dan Vadis, Samantha Doane (who played Wanda, one of the antagonists in The Enforcer (1976)), Michael L. Cooley (who played a Police Detective in Stuart Rosenberg and John Huston's Love and Bullets (1979) and a Police Detective in Mel Damski's The Child Stealer (1979)), Mike Mangiaruca and singer-musician Marneen Fields were not any of the members of The Noblemen. They were just actors and actresses who played the roles of bikers and biker chicks.


Gus Mally: You found out I was right, didn't you?
Ben Shockley: I didn't find out dick. All I know is there is a horse named Mally No Show in the 10th race at Santa Anita, and the way the odds are going up, somebody's betting she's going to drop dead at the starting gate.
Gus Mally: ...
Ben Shockley: ...


At the beginning credits Shockley gets into his car and drives off past a Penney's department store. He then gets on a freeway and drives around town. After he stops and breaks the bottle of whiskey, you can see the same Penney's store behind him.

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A disclaimer at the end reads: "Law enforcement procedures depicted in this film do not necessarily represent those of any law enforcement agency mentioned herein."

Alternate Versions

Back in 1978 Norwegian cinema version was cut to get an 16 rating, later video rental version and DVD version are uncut.


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Action | Crime | Thriller

Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)

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