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 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I love Eastwood, I have a Gauntlet poster framed on my wall - the movie sucks. I cannot recommend it.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Have only seen it a couple times, years ago, but remember enjoying it.

And damn, dig that poster! A shame we don't get poster art like this anymore.



Great poster but why is his hand going through the glass??? It makes no sense and has always bothered me!

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

What's the world coming to?! Agreeing with Bruce and not appreciating The Enforcer...

I agree with TG.

And Bruce.

And Dr Samuel Johnson.

Enforcer wasnt awful, just a bit silly and nowhere near as fresh and edgy as Dirty harry and Magnum Force.
It was still streets ahead of the latter Callaghan rubbish - Dead Pool and the other one, which was so bad I cant even remember the name. The one with the gas-fired magnum and the rape. Another film - as pointed out above - made worse by the over-indulgence of the appalling Sondra Locke. But even the Enforcer was miles better than Gauntlet.


 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I enjoyed The Gauntlet. Eastwood`s anti-hero convention taken slightly to absurdity, I suppose.

Its been a while since I saw it, but if nothing else, you gotta love the line [SPOILER] when his partner is speaking to him about the prosecutor, "That guy couldn`t convict Hitler..."
[END SPOILER]

I suspect I love it so much I`ve mentioned it before...

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

Is Clint Eastwood's THE GAUNTLET worth buying on Blu-ray?

Many of the reviews say THE GAUNTLET is another Dirty Harry-type movie. I have The Dirty Harry series on dvd, and I'm not a big fan.


Most reviewers have their BIG heads stuck up their *tiny* holes.

Mr. Eastwood plays as far from "Dirty Harry" as you can get. He stumbles out of his car, in the AM, on his way to work and breaks a perfectly good bottle of whiskey in the process. He relies on drink more than his cop training, which everyone else seems to have to fill in the holes, as far as that is concerned. His *prisoner* has to wake him up to the fact that they are NOT going to make it, if they proceed on their present course, which is straight for disaster, until Eastwood wakes up, and starts smelling the clues.

This is a character piece, punctuated by action bits, NOT the other way around. Dirty Harry would have whipped out his "cannon" and blown everybody away, but, in this movie, he only has a tiny 38. which is hardly any good against the legion of cops who manage to shoot down a whole house!

WHY do most folks maintain that this movie has "unbelievable plot-holes"? More a problem with *logic*, I do think. How could a WHOLE department be moved by their "commanding officer" to do what they do , at the end of the movie? Would YOU obey your CO, just by *his* word, if you thought that he was in the wrong?

( Of course, a LOT of NYPD officers saw this as a "training film" of sorts, when they shot an unarmed immigrant, a few years ago)

Oh yeah-FILM SCORE MONTHLY!!!! You need to add a "draft save" feature to these boards , because the "time-out" happens too fast an I lose a LOT of good posts!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

The 1970's gave most drummers a lot of space to "go crazy" as far as "fills" were concerned and the main titles of THE GAUNTLET certainly give THAT drummer his due! ( what's his name?)

AND, withOUT CGI, one of the most impressive shots in ANY movie *period*. After the prolonged motorcycle/chopper chase, the bad guys perish in a flurry of sparking power lines as their chopper goes down.

Yeah, at first it's, "show the tower model then show the chopper model then cover up everything in *bullshit*.

The final shot of that scene, clearly shows Eastwood and Locke looking on as the chopper meets its fiery end, near the tower, with full background present, ALL TOGETHER and ALL at the SAME TIME!!!

No bluescreen, no matte lines no *nothing* like that.....*masterfulll*

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

What's the world coming to?! Agreeing with Bruce and not appreciating The Enforcer...

I agree with TG.

And Bruce.

And Dr Samuel Johnson.

Enforcer wasnt awful, just a bit silly and nowhere near as fresh and edgy as Dirty harry and Magnum Force.
It was still streets ahead of the latter Callaghan rubbish - Dead Pool and the other one, which was so bad I cant even remember the name. The one with the gas-fired magnum and the rape. Another film - as pointed out above - made worse by the over-indulgence of the appalling Sondra Locke. But even the Enforcer was miles better than Gauntlet.


The "other one" being SUDDEN IMPACT

For most of the '80's, it would be two bad DH movies, FOXFIRE, and some dark "sex thing" called TIGHT ROPE. It wouldn't be until UNFORGIVEN when Eastwood "got his groove back".

(and then that fucking embarrassing thing with Charlie Sheen, you know, the one where Easwood gets RAPED by a female and then shoots her ass)

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

Have only seen it a couple times, years ago, but remember enjoying it.

And damn, dig that poster! A shame we don't get poster art like this anymore.



Great poster but why is his hand going through the glass??? It makes no sense and has always bothered me!


"On" not "Through".....take another look....

Of course, your perception is different than mine.........

Yes, it IS a shame! When I was a kid, the *first* thing that I saw was posters for movies either NOW PLAYING or movies that were coming. I always admired how the artists could condense a whole movie into a single one sheet, and how I couldn't *wait* to see it! That, and the smell of popcorn, always enchanted me......

For some damn reason, photographs replaced original art and I think that trend should be reversed

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

I agree with El Bruco for once. And Dirty Harry films died with Magnum Force. Even Enforcer was starting to get silly.

I was a huge Eastwood and Dirty Harry fan back then - and went to see this at the cinema on release with enthusiasm - but I was so disappointed when I saw it. And it isnt a follow-on from Dirty Harry - if only - because the Eastwood character is a dumb, drunken bum until he wises up in about the last ten minutes.

Crap, silly film; pointless and crowbarred-in set-pieces to tick the Peckinpah boxes such as the shooting up of the shack and coach - and SPOILER the whole sequence at the end where the cops stand about while the action unfolds in front of them is plain daft. It was like they had a rough idea for a film but didnt know what to do with it when it started.

The Fielding score is it's redeeming feature.


Agreed. Except for a few Eastwood zingers, a very disappointing film. And the beginning of my personal "boycott" of his films until the Eastwood-Locke" series was over.


I maintain again, the '80's WEREN'T the most fertile ground for Eastwood Movies.....

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

Darn it, I have to disagree with my friends Bruce, Mike and Mitch.

I really like this film, despite its preposterousness throughout. Probably the best part is Jerry's Enforcerish score, but it's more fun than at least the last two Dirty Harrys. Where I differ from Mike is in thinking that it's not really a Dirty Harry type film - more like a grubbier Coogan's Bluff.

One part of the film is pretty intense, and in fact surprised me with its brutality when I saw it in the cinema - that particular bluray chapter could be entitled "Box Car Willy".

Overall, I'd happily spring for this at a budget price.

And yes, marvellous artwork.

TG



BULLSHIT , Tallguy

THE ENFORCER was 1979-THE GAUNTLET was 1978-now PLEASE tell me how Fieldings score was

"Enforcerish"?????

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

I agree with El Bruco for once. And Dirty Harry films died with Magnum Force. Even Enforcer was starting to get silly.



What's the world coming to?! Agreeing with Bruce and not appreciating The Enforcer...

I know this isn't the right thread for this discussion, but for me The Enforcer hit the right balance between the serious and the tension-relieving chortle. If the favourite film in a series is the one you could watch at any time without even thinking about it, then The Enforcer is my favourite Dirty Harry film.

TG


You guys better watch the movie again......and *listen*....

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

THE GAUNTLET is a terrible film with ridiculous and unbelievable plot holes. It's also dated terribly. The jazz score is okay, if you like that kind of thang.
The idea was actually improved upon with the Bruce Willis film 16 BLOCKS, but that film was hampered by an unintelligible performance from the co-star Mos Def.


Oh yeah-THE GAUNTLET is dated but THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY is still *art*.....

BULLSHIT!!!!!

16 BLOCKS will still be sucking SHIT LONG after it's *due date*

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

This film is a guilty pleasure for me. In some ways it's a rip off of NARROW MARGIN.

Never heard of NARROW MARGIN, so, it's NOT a rip-off to *me*

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

I enjoyed 16 Blocks which is more than I can say for The Gauntlet ... one of the last Clint Eastwood films I saw at the cinema.

Checking IMDb I think I saw another three of his films at the cinema but I know that this was one of the nails (or pieces of straw) for me.

I have watched the film on TV since ... it was worse than I'd remembered.

The music score is pretty good, if a little uneven for my liking.

Mitch.


16 BLOCKS was just another DIE HARD knock-off, just like all of the DIE HARDS ( since 2) have been knockoffs.

Donner used to be good-now, he's overstayed his welcome-same with Bruce.....go *retire*...if I want to look upon a bald dude, I'll refer to my SUPERMAN comics....

THE GAUNTLET is classic rock to me....

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   skyy38   (Member)

I enjoyed 16 Blocks which is more than I can say for The Gauntlet ... one of the last Clint Eastwood films I saw at the cinema.

Checking IMDb I think I saw another three of his films at the cinema but I know that this was one of the nails (or pieces of straw) for me.

I have watched the film on TV since ... it was worse than I'd remembered.

The music score is pretty good, if a little uneven for my liking.

Mitch.


16 BLOCKS was just another DIE HARD knock-off, just like all of the DIE HARDS ( since 2) have been knockoffs.

Donner used to be good-now, he's overstayed his welcome-same with Bruce.....go *retire*...if I want to look upon a bald dude, I'll refer to my SUPERMAN comics....

THE GAUNTLET is classic rock to me....

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

jeez, Its the skyy38 show.

Squid gun --- oh yeah!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


BULLSHIT , Tallguy

THE ENFORCER was 1979-THE GAUNTLET was 1978-now PLEASE tell me how Fieldings score was

"Enforcerish"?????



Um, because they're quite similar to each other.

So The Gauntlet is Enforcerish, and The Enforcer is Gauntletish. I implied nothing about chronology...

But thanks for your input smile

TG

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 3:22 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Hmmm - THE ENFORCER was actually '76 and THE GAUNTLET '77. I think they're both quite BIG SLEEPish. When did that one come out?

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Hmmm - THE ENFORCER was actually '76 and THE GAUNTLET '77. I think they're both quite BIG SLEEPish. When did that one come out?


1978. So they can't POSSIBLY be similar to that, as they were written before it. Try to keep up! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Guys, you are getting in a muddle with your what came first and that's BULLSHIT!!!!


BULL. SHIT.

 
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