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McQ (1974)

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Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department.

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John Sturges

Writer:

Lawrence Roman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Lon McQ
Eddie Albert ... Ed Kosterman
Diana Muldaur ... Lois Boyle
Colleen Dewhurst ... Myra
Clu Gulager ... Franklin Toms aka Frank
David Huddleston ... Edward W. Farrow aka Pinky
Julian Christopher ... J.C. Davis (as Jim Watkins)
Al Lettieri ... Manny Santiago
Julie Adams ... Elaine
Roger E. Mosley ... Rosey
William Bryant ... Stan Boyle
Richard Kelton ... Radical
Joe Tornatore ... LaSalle
Dick Friel Dick Friel ... Bob Mahoney
Richard Eastham ... Walter Forrester
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Storyline

Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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McQ-he's a busted cop, his gun is unlicensed, his methods are unlawful and his story is incredible! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detektiv McQ See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,280,710
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The boat that McQ lives on actually belonged to John Wayne. See more »

Goofs

In the end-of-film chase scene, Santiago's blue car skids to a halt in the surf with the front facing the ocean. In all remaining scenes, the car has turned around 180 degrees, with the trunk nearest the ocean. See more »

Quotes

Kosterman: Lon, I know you. I'm not gonna stand for you making up your own rules. You're not going to pull that Mickey Peters thing again!
McQ: Peters was a hood and everybody knew it!
Kosterman: Yeah, and you weren't satisfied with throwing him up on the roof! You had to go up there and throw him back down! Six months in the hospital! Four lawyers screaming about his civil rights!
McQ: Well, it kept him off the streets, didn't it?
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Alternate Versions

The 1980s Warner Home Video VHS master was made from a 16mm TV print missing ten seconds of footage including during the car chase involving a laundry truck, an additional punch from Santiago when he confronts McQ in his office, and the introduction of Santiago's henchman before the final chase on the beach. The later video releases and DVD are uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »

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Why all the negatives?
5 February 1999 | by Stu-42See all my reviews

I just saw McQ for the first time in a while and I still don't understand where all the harsh criticism comes from. Was John Wayne such an incredible actor that if he comes out with an ok effort it's looked at as crap? I'll admit this movie was not an academy award winner, but it really was quite enjoyable. I liked seeing Wayne in something different. He actually did a decent job as the tough cop who went up against drugs and corruption. In contrast to reviews I've read I really don't see as much sameness to some other movies of the time e.g. "Dirty Harry." It dealt with its own issues and had a fine supporting cast. As far as actioners go I think this one holds its own and turns out to be a pretty fun "Duker."


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