In the 1977 film "The Gauntlet", the movie's plot focuses on a cop who has seen better days. The hard-living Ben Shockley (Clint Eastwood) is recruited to escort Augustina "Gus" Mally (Sondra Locke), a key witness in a criminal mob trial, from Las Vegas to Phoenix. Gus is a beautiful but coarse call girl, She claims to have information that makes her and her escort highly expendable targets. Ben will learn to believe her after numerous attempts are made to kill them. Their actions while travelling took them across an unforgiving desert. They were pursued by angry bikers and a cadre of corrupt police officers.

"The Gauntlet", an American action thriller, was directed by and stars Clint Eastwood. It features Locke and the film's support cast includes Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, and Mara Corday. The film was produced by Robert Daley and written by two men Michael Butler and Dennis Shryack. This film was released and distributed by Warner Bros. (WB) Pictures in December 1977.

Although "The Gauntlet" was a hit with the public, film critics were mixed about the film. At the box office, the film grossed $35.4 million. It was made on a total budget of $5.5 million.

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