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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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'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 was ill during filming. See more »

Goofs

After McQ finishes his visit with his ex-wife Elaine, her husband Walter, and his daughter Ginger, he turns around and begins to walk away. He doesn't stay on the sidewalk but cuts across the grass. Special Effect walking sounds are edited in here, of someone walking on a hard surface (such as cement), which would not be made by someone walking on grass. See more »

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Det. Lt. Lon McQ: [on the phone] Rosie, it's me. Did you get any more...
[Rosie hangs up]
Pinky: None of your snitches will help you now. They know you can't deal anymore.
Det. Lt. Lon McQ: The hell I can't!
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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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