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.
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
Clint Eastwood plays a Jack Daniels swilling, not-so-bright Phoenix cop named Ben Shockley. He is sent by police commissioner Blakelock (William Prince) to Las Vegas to pick up a hooker (Sondra Locke) who doesn't mean much and not much to be worried about. Or that's what he is told anyways. Soon they are both chased by the mob and by cops.
Not to be taken too seriously as at times borders on ridiculous. Eastwood (who also acted as director) keeps things moving, not really leaving the viewer much time to catch their breath as it never veers into boring. Not one of Eastwood's best though, but worth a watch. Also has a nice jazzy score by Jerry Fielding (who did other Eastwood scores like Outlaw Josey Wales and Escape From Alcatraz). Also starring a couple of Eastwood staples Pat Hingle and Bill McKinney. Must say though that the ending or last three minutes almost ruined the film for me and strains the credibility of the film.
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