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

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Kosterman
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Lois
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Myra
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Toms
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Pinky
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J.C. (as Jim Watkins)
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'Santiago'
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Elaine
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Rosey
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Stan Boyle (as Bill Bryant)
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Freddy LaSalle
Dick Friel ...
Bob Mahoney
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Walter Forrester
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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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John Wayne's favorite director, John Ford died of cancer soon after filming ended. See more »

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When McQ leaves the state building after the drug heist to follow the laundry truck, he runs to his Trans Am, opens the door, and is seen getting in head first before the cut away. Since John Wayne was 6'4" tall, it would have been impossible for him to get into a Trans Am that way, he would have to go right leg first, and then slide into the seat, tilting his body to the left as he does it, and twisting his neck out of the way until his butt hit, and slid across the seat, which is the way he is seen to do it when he comes out of Pinky's office into the alley. See more »

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Manny Santiago: [speaking on a pay phone in the men's room] So, one less detective to worry about.
[McQ grabs him from behind and puts him in a headlock]
Det. Lt. Lon McQ: Yeah, one less detective to worry about! I got a message from Patty Samuels! He's sorry he blew it on McQ but he rang it up with Boyle!
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McQ is a "criminally underrated Masterpiece"!
2 July 2015 | by (Central Park West, United States) – See all my reviews

Critics and viewers often dismiss McQ (1974) as a lame Dirty Harry/Bullitt rip-off (which it is), but the film is redeemed by its utterly unintentional ridiculousness.

Think of it as a modern day film noir with shady characters, as the plot involves the "Anti Hippie Radical" Seattle Police Department covertly stealing and selling narcotics for profit.

A bloated and bored John Wayne goes through the motions as a former cop who is willing to do anything -- and I mean anything to crack the case, including:

*Beating random people up *Doing cocaine with and then having sex with an overweight fifty-five year old homely woman solely for information "on the streets." *Stealing and later brandishing an unregistered MAC10 (which was cutting edge firearm technology at the time.) *Terrorizing innocent laundry truck drivers all over Seattle *Generally acting and driving like a major menace to public safety

Other highlights include: *T.C. from Magnum PI as a pimp, "Huggy Bear" type character *The bass-heavy "wah guitar" infused funk score blasting loudly through much of the film *Put some foam on it! I'm up to my butt in gas!

Think of this film as a parody (in fact I was laughing so hard I was literally crying) and you'll be golden.

7/10 for McQ (1974)


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