A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
In Phoenix, the alcoholic and mediocre detective Ben Shockley is assigned by the Chief Commissary Blakelock to bring the witness Gus Mally from Las Vegas for a minor trial. Shockley travels to Vegas and finds that Gus Mally is an aggressive and intelligent prostitute with a college degree and she tells him that the odds are against her showing up in court. Shockley learns that she will actually testify against a powerful mobster and the mafia is chasing them trying to kill them both. He calls Blakelock and request a police escort from Phoenix to protect them. But soon he discovers that someone is betraying him in the police department. Now, Shockley and Malley hijack a bus and Shockley welds thick steel plates and transforms the cabin in an armored bus trying to reach the Forum. But they will need to drive through a gauntlet of police officers armed with heavy weapons.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The travel route of the cross-country trip that cop Eastwood escorted witness Locke went from Las Vegas, Nevada to Phoenix, Arizona. See more »
When Josephson gets on the bus to greet Shockley and Gus at the climax of the film, his glasses disappear and reappear between shots. See more »
[in the car, he's driving, Ben's in front, she's in the back seat, with him leering at her in the mirror]
You mind if I ask you a question? How many times a month you spread your legs?
Just drive the car, will you?
See now, I got me a chance to learn something, colonel. I mean, as long as I got to chaffeur the little strumpet, you don't mind if a country boy picks up a little education, do you?
I... I got this here buddy, he had the idea one time to open up a string of whorehouses and ...
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A disclaimer at the end reads: "Law enforcement procedures depicted in this film do not necessarily represent those of any law enforcement agency mentioned herein." See more »
Back in 1978 Norwegian cinema version was cut to get an 16 rating, later video rental version and DVD version are uncut. See more »
It's hard to imagine how movies as bad as this get made. I blame whoever allowed Clint Eastwood to direct it. As the big-star-turned-director perhaps he had too much authority for anyone to point out when this project left the rails. What a terrible waste. It's got great cinematography and the acting's OK. It could so easily have been a '70s cult classic if someone with half a brain had edited the schizoid screenplay. It starts off with a vaguely plausible storyline aimed at adults. But it suddenly veers off into a blend of spaghetti western chaos and Scooby Doo idiocy which even a 10 year old would snigger at. Keep watching right to the end, because the risible finale is so bad it's almost good.
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