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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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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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John Wayne starred in this film, along with Brannigan (1975), because he missed out on starring in Dirty Harry (1971). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, as the ambulance is driving up off of the beach, there's a long shot of the crowd gathered around and a police helicopter parked next to the road. No one is near the helicopter except a small child who starts to climb onto the back of it, and his mother, who immediately pulls him off of it. A second later, in the next cutaway shot from the opposite angle, the woman and child are suddenly no longer there, but there is now a pilot who is retrieving something from the seat before closing the door. See more »

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Pinky: [as McQ fills out paperwork to become a PI] Kosterman's gonna be awful mad.
Det. Lt. Lon McQ: [smiling broadly] Yeah...
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Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Why all the negatives?
5 February 1999 | by (Las Vegas) – See 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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