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Product Description

Police lieutenant resigns from the force to track down some = big dope dealers involved in killing a couple of police officers.

After turning down the role of Dirty Harry, John Wayne made up for lost time by starring in this pretty-good 1974 police drama. Shot on location in a gritty pre-Microsoft Seattle, McQ finds John Wayne butting heads with fellow cops and local crime elements as he investigates the murder of a fellow cop and friend. Wayne is obviously a bit long-in-tooth to be taking on this kind of role, but the script allows for some decent character development, including Colleen Dewhurst in a brief but memorable role as a washed-up barmaid, and the action sequences by veteran director John Sturges still hold up well. For anyone who cares, a key drug-heist sequence was shot in the hospital that now houses's Seattle headquarters. --Kristian St. Clair

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Writers: Lawrence Roman
  • Producers: Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy, Lawrence Roman, Michael Wayne
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "McQ" on IMDb

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Norman Macleod on September 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Loved the movie, It's a little different to see the Duke in civilian atire as a investigator on the hunt for the people who took out not only cops but a good freind as well . One of the highlights for me was seeing the early 70's Trans Am that the Duke was driving ripping up the streets of Seattle, great looking car for the era. Another thing that I noticed was no profane language in the movie, quite refreshing and enjoyable for anyone to watch who likes action movies and the Duke.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2005
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I saw this picture at the theater with my brother when it first came out. I'll admit that on the surface John Wayne playing a tough, renegade, "Dirty Harry" style cop may be a bit far-fetched, but hey, it's John Wayne...few could ever match his screen presence so you just accept it as a pretty entertaining cop action film. There's certainly some "Bullitt" influence as well with the car chases and Wayne driving a Trans Am.

Wayne is Lon McQ whose partner turns out was involved in some dirty doings and is killed because of it. Wayne finds out a drug kingpin (Al Lettieri) was responsible for the murder and goes after him. When McQ's superior Captain Kosterman (Eddie Albert) suspends him, he quits the force and joins the PI firm of his friend "Pinky" (David Huddleston). Duke now can go after Santiago and his men and garners help from an aged junkie informer played by Colleen Dewhurst in a short but strong role. The supporting cast is rounded out with Diana Muldauer and Clu Gulager.

The film is punctuated by what is actually a number of good (for the era) action sequences climaxed by an auto chase and shootout with Duke wielding an automatic weapon on a beach in what really is an exciting scene. One can certainly argue that all of the main actors including Wayne, Albert, and Dewhurst were a bit too long in the tooth for the roles they are playing but so what. It's still an enjoyable film with Wayne, even at 67 years old displaying the macho toughness that had made in a huge star for over 40 years. Dated but fun!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Critic on January 29, 2009
Format: DVD
The "Duke" was known throughout his career for playing either cowboys or soldiers, but that all changed for him in 1974.

In 1974 John Wayne filmed the first of the only two movies he ever made where he played a cop, McQ (1974) and Brannigan (1975). There has been a rumor circulating for many years that John Wayne was offered the part of "Dirty Harry" but as far as I know it's never been confirmed. Written by Lawrence Roman and directed by John Sturges, McQ in my opinion is a very entertaining 70's cop film and John Wayne fans won't want to miss it.

John Wayne stars as Detective. Lt. Lon McQ who has been called in to investigate the murder of his best friend and fellow police officer Sgt. Stan Boyle. While trying to solve his friend's murder he is constantly butting heads with his superior Capt. Ed Kosterman who's trying to run interference and undermine McQ's investigation or so it seems? McQ quickly realizes that he'll have to go outside the law to investigate the murder of his dead partner so he resigns from the force and gets a P.I. license and goes it alone. During the investigation McQ becomes involved with his dead partner's widow Lois Boyle and that's when the real fun starts.

The film takes place on location in Seattle and benefits from some good acting by John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Al Lettieri, Diana Muldaur and Roger E Mosley. In my opinion there are plenty of plot twists and enough action throughout the movie to please John Wayne fans. What this film lacks in dialogue it more than makes up for in its character development and action sequences. McQ also benefits from a decent soundtrack and awesome musical score from Elmer Bernstein.

Warner Home Video has done a decent job with the release of McQ on DVD. The movie is presented in its 2.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By littlemac2 on June 23, 2009
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Strap on your irons,saddle up and get ready for a ride on the wild side.Only your means of transportation isn't horse flesh but a hot muscle car complete with sound affects.
A cop is shot down by a lone gunman. Then another. The lone gunman takes a coffee break(killing must be hard work). Then the gunman is taken out. Bad move!The now deceased gunman happens to be a cop as well.Only this dirty cop has a friend.You guessed it,big John.That is McQ,a cop who sets his own rules. His main quest is to find the killers of his friend and bring them down.
His unorthodox police methods lands him in contention with his boss Eddie Albert.The Duke resigns gives up his second of three pistolas and continues his investigation as a licensed private dick.The fun continues until the final climax.
There's a supprise twist at the end but I'm not telling what it is.Look for the cool machine pistol with a looooong silencer.
As a dude who hung out in the sixties,with a muscle of my own,I loved the sound affects of the big horse engine and tranmission winding up the rpms in the chase scenes,but when big John ends up in a granny car (His muscle car kind of got squished) you still hear the same sound affects.Ooops! Great movie! Five stars for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2009
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Screen legend John Wayne mostly appeared in westerns, war films, or as an adventurer or seafaring man. McQ (1974) and Brannigan (1975) are among Wayne's last films, and the only two which feature `The Duke' as a modern day police officer. Of the two, McQ is the superior film. Set in Seattle, and directed by action veteran John Sturges, McQ is a fast-paced, gritty, and violent drama that concerns drugs, and corruption on the force.

It's a rough day for police detective Lon McQ (Wayne), when a number of officers, including a close friend, are gunned down, and McQ finds himself dodging bullets as well. Manny Santiago (Al Lettieri) is the operator of a shipping firm, who is suspected of dealing drugs. The police brass pull McQ off the streets for leaning on Santiago, prompting his resignation from the force. Quickly becoming a private eye, McQ begins working his underworld contacts in search of answers.

McQ's does his best to prevent it, but after a load of confiscated drugs scheduled for disposal is hijacked, things get more complicated, and it becomes clear that members of the police are involved in the theft. With drugs worth over two million dollars missing, the level of violence builds, as McQ's prized Pontiac GTO gets sandwiched between a couple of semi trucks, with him inside. Santiago has gone through a lot of trouble, and he's determined to score more than just some sugar. The film's action highlight is a thrilling car chase on the beach, and a shootout featuring an Ingram MAC-10 machine gun.

The settings and situations may be different, but John Wayne is right at home as a headstrong detective. Even at 67, he has the stamina for a physically demanding role.
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