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McQ (1974)

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

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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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$9,280,710, 31 December 1974
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When the film was released one critic suggested Lon McQ looked like he should be celebrating his Diamond Jubilee on the police force. See more »

Goofs

In the end-of-film chase scene, Santiago's blue car skids to a halt in the surf with the front facing the ocean. In all remaining scenes, the car has turned around 180 degrees, with the trunk nearest the ocean. See more »

Quotes

[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?
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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References The Green Hornet (1966) See more »

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Why all the negatives?
5 February 1999 | by 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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