McQ 1974 PG CC

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

Starring:
John Wayne, Eddie Albert
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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McQ

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Mystery
Director John Sturges
Starring John Wayne, Eddie Albert
Supporting actors Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Julian Christopher, Al Lettieri, Julie Adams, Roger E. Mosley, William Bryant, Richard Kelton, Joe Tornatore, Dick Friel, Richard Eastham, Fred Waugh, Larry Buck, Leslie Carlson, Robert Dietrich, Matt Donovick
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

A very action packed movie movie.
HCHWC
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.
Norman Macleod
It is one of John Wayne's best films.
Russell D. Johnson

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Norman Macleod on September 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2005
Format: DVD
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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13 of 13 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By littlemac2 on June 23, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 Jeffrey L. Cordell on February 4, 2012
Format: DVD
I like this movie. So many reviewers are hung up on Wayne's age when he made this movie. I suspect much of the negative sniping is more from reviewers who just don't like John Wayne the man. Rather than looking at the movie on it's own merits they let their dislike of Wayne cloud their reviews. So allow me to address the biggest complaint before looking at the movie itself.

Most career cops are detectives in their 50's and 60's. They have years of experience. They aren't pretty and most don't have 28 inch waists, but they've worked thousands of cases (literally) and even faced down a bad guy a time or two.What they know ,and how they handle themselves, replaces the fact that they no longer run a mile (if at all) under seven minutes.John Wayne at sixty-seven might of been about ten years older than his character would be in the real world, but he wasn't incorrect to be playing a veteran detective.

I had no difficulty imagining McQ as being one of the many World War II vets who joined the police shortly after World War II ended. He's conservative, somewhat reactionary in the face of the dramatic changes occurring in American society in the early seventies and cantankerous. He's also honorable and intolerant of politics and bureaucracy. His persona was perfect. Physically he comes across as a man who is past his prime and knows it, but he also knows how to get the upper hand on an opponent by striking first and fast. In other words he cheats. That's called experience.

Now for the movie.

First of all the movie is nothing new or radical. It's a tough-cop movie. The Lone Wolf against the world. Not surprisingly the Lone Wolf wins in the end. Which is what we want and Wayne knew it.
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