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

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McQ
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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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Joe Tornatore ...
Freddy LaSalle
Dick Friel ...
Bob Mahoney
Richard Eastham ...
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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The cop no one can stop. Even the cops. [DVD] See more »


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6 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Detektiv McQ  »

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John Sturges was opposed to the casting of John Wayne in the title role, due to the actor's age. See more »

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When Myra is murdered, the hit man uses a revolver with a suppressor. A suppressor is effective only when all the gases expelled from the cartridge are channeled through it. Semi-automatics and automatics do this by design, because the chamber holding the cartridge is continuous with the barrel. Revolvers, however, have a small gap between the cylinder and the forcing cone of the barrel (the cylinder gap) as a necessity of their design (because the cylinder has to turn). Some gas expelled from the fired round escapes at this point, and this discharge of gas is enough to render the suppressor useless. (A possible exception to this would be a gas-seal revolver, but the hit man is clearly using a traditional revolver that shows a flash of gas escaping the cylinder gap with his first pull of the trigger.) See more »

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[McQ's Pontiac has just been sandwiched and smashed between two semi trucks in an alley. The cops arrive and find McQ in the wreckage]
Police Officer: How bad are you hurt?
Det. Lt. Lon McQ: How the hell do I know? Get some foam on this thing! I'm up to my butt in gas!
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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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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