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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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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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Elaine
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Rosey
William Bryant ...
Stan Boyle (as Bill Bryant)
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Freddy LaSalle
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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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McQ-he's a busted cop, his gun is unlicensed, his methods are unlawful and his story is incredible! See more »


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This is the only movie westerns director John Sturges and westerns film actor John Wayne made together. See more »

Goofs

At the concession stand, McQ shows Rosey "five bills" in the newspaper then folds the paper closed. Cut to a different angle and the paper is slightly open and the bills are visible. Cut back to the first angle and the paper is closed again. See more »

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[McQ witnesses a robbery in which the crooks get away in a green and yellow laundry van. McQ chases the van in his Pontiac Firebird, roaring through back alleys and crowded civilian streets, and up the Interstate highway. He finally forces the van off the road, only to find that he has pulled over an empty, identical green and yellow laundry van from the same company]
Det. Lt. Lon McQ: Who are you working for?
Laundry Delivery Man: [horrified] I... I work for the laundry!
Det. Lt. Lon McQ: Well, why'd you blast through those stop signs?
Laundry Delivery Man: Well, the way ...
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Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Enjoyable, if dated
30 March 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

John Wayne is Lieutenant Lon McQ (yes, that is his actual name) who finds himself in trouble. Several cops are murdered, by another cop who happens to be McQ's partner, who is then himself murdered. Thrown off the case he proceeds to investigate himself and uncovers a plot of corruption and formerly seized narcotics.

The film is quite dated by today's standards as the "lone cop" formula has all but been beaten into the ground. So to enjoy this film one must realize it is in fact from 1974 when cop flicks were as typical as teen comedies are now. Also despite having many similarities to 'Bullitt' and 'Dirty Harry' this is still an enjoyable action movie in its own right. It is not a classic since the story is a lot less inventive as the aforementioned films, but it is pretty cool to see John Wayne as a cop - he is no less tough then when sporting six shooters and riding a horse. Inevitably, the film would have prospered more if Wayne was a bit younger, but he is still good as the lead pretty much as he always has been in previous roles.

Also, there are several car chases - all are very different. From the typical driving down the road, to down alleyways, and even on a beach! Also for you car chase fans, this film supposedly contains the first ever cannon-roll car stunt on film. So, story department aside, the film has an edge that is quite fun and enjoyable. 7/10

Rated PG for violence


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