In a major role reversal, Clint Eastwood stars in The Gauntlet as a person who might be on the receiving end of the violence epitomized in his famed Dirty Harry film series.
Eastwood, a flop cop sent to extradite hooker Sondra Locke, finds they are the targets of both the underworld and law enforcement elements tied to the mob.
William Prince is very good as a police commissioner with mob ties who selects Eastwood to bring Locke from Las Vegas as a key witness in a trial which could embarrass a lot of highly-placed people.
Plot provides a series of narrow escapes in van rides, motorcycle rides, train rides, car rides and climactic bus ride. Chuck Gaspar’s special effects crew destroys a house, a helicopter and a cross-country bus as the film unfolds.