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The Gauntlet Review

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Bored cop Ben Shockley's life is given purpose when he's asked to transport prostitute witness Mally. The bus is bombed and Mally's house is shot to pieces. Both characters must revise their presumptions and think hard about just who they can trust.

★★★★★

The Dirty Harry movie that wasn't.

Clint Eastwood plays loose cannon Ben Shockley, working out of Phoenix, not San Francisco, and Sondra Locke co-stars as the Vegas hooker-cum-witness that neither the mob nor his corrupt boss wants him to bring in.

It's intriguing to see Eastwood so antisocial - swearing and slapping Locke around - and there's plenty of gratuitous violence throughout, but it's telling that the film is still only truly memorable for the closing five minute bulletfest, which turns Clint's bus into the only thing with more holes in it than the screenplay.

It's telling that the film is still only truly memorable for the closing five minute bulletfest, which turns Clint's bus into the only thing with more holes in it than the screenplay.

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