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« on: June 14, 2019, 07:54:59 AM »

This Sunday, June 16, at 5:25. It's part of a Pauline Kael series ... films she loved and a few she hated (as in this case, naturally).


A film by Clint Eastwood

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Rarely if ever a fan of the actor/director, Kael didn’t reverse course for this shoot-‘em-up action thriller, but it had been a Christmastime (!) hit by the time her negative review ran. Alcoholic cop Eastwood is assigned to spirit upscale call girl Sondra Locke from Las Vegas to Phoenix so that she can testify against a gangster, but he’s being set up by corrupt superiors in league with the mob. With many an Eastwood fave including Bill McKinney, Mara Corday, and Dan Vadis.

https://quadcinema.com/film/the-gauntlet/

Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it.  For anyone in the area who can: the Quad is at 34 W. 13th Street, near Sixth Avenue, in Manhattan.
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 09:39:44 AM »

Showing movies she hated is... interesting. :D
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 01:58:55 PM »


     Not a fan of the movie though I like the first hour which is pretty funny and Locke is quite good out of all the roles she ever did with Eastwood. Pauline Kael was a panorama of blowhard negligent stupidity.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 02:05:10 PM »

I was trying to find some other movies that she didn't like that they're showing, but didn't see a list that separated them (but maybe there is one?). I clicked on a few individual titles and it looked like she enjoyed them.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 02:52:41 PM »

You  would think they would quote from some of the negative reviews, too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2019, 02:47:49 AM »

Don Siegel didn’t like The Gauntlet. He said that it was a stupid movie.
I like The Gauntlet, although it’s not among Clint’s masterpieces.
It’s entertaining enough and I like the way Ben Shockley evolves through the movie.
Ben Shockley is vulnerable and he’s far from being a superhero.
In many ways, Ben Shockley announces characters like Red Stovall in Honkytonk Man or Steve Everett in True Crime.
They are losers and alcoholic men but they finally redeemed themselves: Ben Shockley by finishing his mission,
Red Stovall by recording some songs and Steve Everett by saving a man from death penalty.


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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2019, 07:17:59 PM »

I really like "The Gauntlet." Had I more advanced notice, I might have gone to check it out! Did anyone have the opportunity to go?
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2019, 11:38:21 AM »

I like Jerry Fielding score for The Gauntlet.
I think that it’s better than the one he did for The Enforcer.
Although The Enforcer score is not bad.
The Gauntlet inspired many action movies of the 80’s for sure.
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2019, 03:27:22 PM »


Don Siegel was a very wise man.
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2019, 11:32:34 PM »

I've  always quite enjoyed this film... I love the opening scenes and that score by Jerry Fielding...
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