The Gauntlet

Synopsis: In Phoenix, the alcoholic and mediocre detective Ben Shockley is assigned by the Chief Commissary Blakelock to bring the witness Gus Mally from Las Vegas for a minor trial. Shockley travels to Vegas and finds that Gus Mally is an aggressive and intelligent prostitute with a college degree and she tells him that the odds are against her showing up in court. Shockley learns that she will actually testify against a powerful mobster and the mafia is chasing them trying to kill them both. He calls Blakelock and request a police escort from Phoenix to protect them. But soon he discovers that someone is betraying him in the police department. Now, Shockley and Malley hijack a bus and Shockley welds thick steel plates and transforms the cabin in an armored bus trying to reach the Forum. But they will need to drive through a gauntlet of police officers armed with heavy weapons.
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
82%
R
Year:
1977
109 min
129 Views


- You look awful!

- I had a late-night poker game.

You should have at least shaved.

This new Police Commissioner Blakelock

is very spit-and-polish.

F*ck him.

But, Jesus God, Ben!

You got to watch the way you look.

You can't walk in on these

bigwigs without shaving.

You just can't do that.

You should've put on a tie.

You should've shined your shoes.

You should've made an effort

to spruce up a little bit.

Mr. Feyderspiel.

Shockley. How are you?

Fine, sir.

How's our Assistant D.A. These days?

Shit! He couldn't convict Hitler.

Don't use any profanity.

And remember to say "sir" to him.

When he speaks to you, say "sir."

Then stand up straight.

And for God's sakes,

don't breathe on him.

Here.

Wait a minute, guy! Come on!

Open your mouth.

I wish I had time to shave you.

Nag, nag, nag!

E.A. Blakelock.

Ben Shockley, sir.

I've heard about you, Shockley.

As Commissioner of the

police department...

...considerable responsibility.

Watchdog of the department,

so to speak.

Policing the police.

So that the need for

absolute secrecy is...

I understand.

Plane tickets.

Extradite and subpoena.

You're flying to Las Vegas,

coming back with...

...a prisoner for us...

...whom you will remand

to custody at County.

And then you report, you know,

back here.

Respectfully, sir,

I work for Metro squad. Why me?

Your division commander says

you're a man who gets the job done.

Is there anything special

I should know about this case?

What it is, is this:

It's a nothing witness

for a nothing trial.

That'll be all.

You represent the Phoenix P.D.

Get a shave.

Yes, sir.

15 years on the bricks together,

look what happens to us.

I land a lousy desk job.

You get a freebie to Vegas.

Big deal. A two-bit witness

for a two-bit trial.

- Anybody I know?

- Name's Gus Mally. Heard of him?

No. What's the charge?

He wouldn't say.

I'm just going there...

Hi, Shirley.

And coming back. You won't

even have time to get laid.

You won't have time.

Helen'd kill me.

Listen, are you still

getting serviced by Shirley?

Why not? You've got a

very shapely lady there.

She was after me for my money.

The trip to Vegas is 2 hours.

Have dinner with us.

Not tonight. Say hello to Helen

and the kids, though.

And thanks for the escort.

I know how busy you execs are.

In your ear, Jim!

Congratulations on the promotion.

I don't know why they promoted me.

We're partners, for chrissake.

You deserved the promotion.

I hate paperwork, you know that.

If it wasn't for the family,

I'd tell them to shove it.

Why don't you quit bellyaching?

- You're off the bricks, aren't you?

- I like the bricks.

Relax and enjoy life.

You and me been through

some doors together.

We've had our times.

We've had our times.

Ever been to Las Vegas before?

A lot of tourists in town.

It's always this way, the Strip,

choked with traffic all the time.

You can't drive. You can't go fast.

30 miles an hour all the way.

The old days...

Buddy, drop the tourist crap,

will you?

What do you mean my man isn't here?

You heard what I said, bud.

I've got papers for one Gus Mally.

The address is this building.

You better check again.

I've got all kinds of fellas in here.

I got a Smith.

I got a Gonzales.

I got a McNaughton.

Take your pick.

But I don't have a fella

named Gus Mally.

He was to have been picked up

yesterday, held for extradition.

Somebody screwed up.

Wait a minute now!

When you get back to

Phoenix empty-handed...

...all I said was...

...I ain't got no guy named Gus Mally.

Augustina Mally I got

over in women's detention.

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