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.
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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
At the beginning credits Shockley gets into his car and drives off past a Penney's department store. He then gets on a freeway and drives around town. After he stops and breaks the bottle of whiskey, you can see the same Penney' store behind him. See more »
Them fellers up there are gonna wonder why you bailed out. And I'm gonna tell 'em. You chose sides. Got yourself a little nookie and chose sides.
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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 »
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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