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Writer:
Lawrence Roman (written by)
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Release Date:
6 February 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The cop no one can stop. Even the cops. [DVD] See more »
Plot:
Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Wayne liked that Trans Am for all the 'Horse' power See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... McQ

Eddie Albert ... Kosterman

Diana Muldaur ... Lois

Colleen Dewhurst ... Myra

Clu Gulager ... Toms

David Huddleston ... Pinky

Julian Christopher ... J.C. (as Jim Watkins)

Al Lettieri ... 'Santiago'

Julie Adams ... Elaine

Roger E. Mosley ... Rosey
William Bryant ... Stan Boyle
Richard Kelton ... Radical
Joe Tornatore ... Freddy LaSalle
Dick Friel ... Bob Mahoney
Richard Eastham ... Walter Forrester
Fred Waugh ... Bodyguard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Buck ... Grogan (uncredited)
Leslie Carlson ... Radical (uncredited)
Robert Dietrich ... 1st Heistman (uncredited)
Matt Donovick ... 2nd Heistman (uncredited)
Jack Evans ... Harry (uncredited)
Azizi Johari ... Hot Dog Girl at Snack Bar (uncredited)
James Johnson ... 1st Patrol Car Officer (uncredited)
Gary Lynn ... 1st Patrol Car Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Mason ... Sal (uncredited)
Steve McDonald ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Cynthia Mitchell ... 2nd Fox (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... Hospital Orderly / Driver (uncredited)
John Price ... Punk Kid (uncredited)
Eugene Rice ... Workman (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Marvin Rosand ... Property Officer (uncredited)
Kim Sanford ... Ginger (uncredited)
George Selvidge ... Commissioner (uncredited)
Steve Singer ... Emergency Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Roman (written by)

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer (as Jules Levy)
Lawrence Roman .... co-producer
Michael Wayne .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
 
Casting by
Nessa Hyams 
Ross Brown (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Walter M. Simonds  (as Walter Simonds)
 
Set Decoration by
Anthony C. Montenaro  (as Tony Montenaro)
 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (as Joe Di Bella)
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Mary Skolnik .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael S. Glick .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... second assistant director
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... second unit director (as Ron R. Rondell)
Ric Rondell .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jerry Graham .... property master
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bob McLing .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tex Rudloff .... re-recordist
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound
Pat Mitchell .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Paul Stewart .... first assistant special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Bass .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Bernie Abramson .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Alex Barraza .... second grip (uncredited)
James Dean .... crab dolly (uncredited)
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard Craig Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lawrence E. Peets .... electrical assistant (uncredited)
Charles J. Renaud .... key grip (uncredited)
Phil Segura .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Spence .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Bob Stradling .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Sutton .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Richard Tim Vanik .... camera operator (uncredited)
E.C. Wooten .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Richard Downs .... assistant casting: Seattle (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe
Agnes G. Henry .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James D. Brubaker .... transportation coordinator (as James Brubaker)
George Alden .... driver (uncredited)
Edward Baken .... driver (uncredited)
Barney Fotheringham .... driver (uncredited)
William Charles Hauer .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Millard Lemmon .... driver: cook (uncredited)
Gerald R. Molen .... driver (uncredited)
Urs Stalder .... driver: Cinemobile (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title
John Franco .... script supervisor
Thomas John Kane .... assistant to producers (as Thomas J. Kane)
Robert L. Levy .... production coordinator (as Robert Levy)
Emma Allen .... secretary to executive producer (uncredited)
Missy Alpern .... production secretary (uncredited)
Edward Arnold .... location auditor (uncredited)
Jack Casey .... unit publicist (uncredited)
June Foray .... voice: disk jockey, various (uncredited)
Rolly Harper .... caterer (uncredited)
Marvin Margulies .... auditor: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Kathy Rowe .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Rob Thompson .... legman: Seattle (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Although this is the first movie where John Wayne played a cop, he had previously played a Federal Agent in the movie Big Jim McLain (1952).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: McQ uses an Ingram MAC-10 9mm machine pistol, which fires approximately 20 rounds per second. When firing the MAC-10 in the car, on the beach, no empty cartridges are ejected from the gun. Emptying a full 30 round magazine would have sprayed casings all over the car.See more »
Quotes:
Det. Lt. Lon McQ:Elaine, I need $5000.
Elaine:I hope it's for a woman.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into La classe américaine (1993) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Wayne liked that Trans Am for all the 'Horse' power, 12 July 2006
Author: Benjamin Wolfe from USA

This is just not typical Wayne. Not like the westerns of which he had critical acclaim. To take into account that Wayne already had a body full of 'cancer' when he was making this film. In example, being that just two movies (barely a year and a half) later, he had to have oxygen administered to him, on the set of that last movie that he acted in 'The Shootist'. That was do to the fact that on the set of that old western picture that was shot in about, 1948' out in a desert area, where there had been previous nuclear testing performed. The location managers, happened to put the production company on that site to shoot the movie, it wasn't Wayne being stupid or his fault it was where they were set up to work...everyone else from that movie was gone long ago, Wayne was one of the last to go. Considering all the 'weight' on top of him, I really enjoyed the story and the action, and I am utterly impressed at the caliber of performance that Wayne brought to this picture!!

Also I wanted to mention my respect for Lawrence Roman and John Sturges, the writer and the director, who were the other part in making this what it was.

The back drop of Seattle was especially interesting to me, being born in the northwest originally. It seemed a different setting for Wayne, altogether. Astheticlly pleasing.

Also an impressive aspect for me in this is, John Wayne has a deep commanding voice of course and yet offers sympathy and sensitivity for the other characters at times. On the other hand he also didn't take crap from those around him looking to give it to him.

I guess thats a real balancing act, that kind of makes him sensible too I would think.

Inasmuch I reverted back to my childhood days with the partly cloudy skies of Washington, "The state" as I watched 'Lon' (Wayne) move around the city from place to place, tracking the trail of 'antagonist' Manny Santiago (lettieri). Pretty fun at the point that Lon is in the Men's room with Santiago, pounding him for all he's got and bloodying the city's cornerstone criminal. Lon would return to his bachelor landing pad, out at the dock, his trusty boat. An attempted car theft and after a loud commanding shout, Lon drops the fleeing felon with a single 'solid' aimed gunshot! POW!! Awesome Wayne stuff. Watching him take the witness's statement with the recorder was classic seventies persona kind of nostalgia.

I recommend this feature to any truly discriminating Wayne fan that has not seen it. It was a departure from his other major roles. I think, even though, as it has been said Mr. Morrison always played John Wayne in everything that he ever did. I once heard a man from Hawaii say, "It doesn't matter what the movie on the marque was, if John Wayne is in it, I'm gonna go see it." Lets face it...it was never his 'range of character' that people went to see anyway.

Just good Ol' John Wayne. For me, this movie is right around the caliber of 'BULLITT' (McQueen) Wayne comes through with 'Cowboy' style.(***)

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