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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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User Reviews:
A refreshing change of pace for the Duke. 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)
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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 
 
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)
 
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
Bob McLing .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tex Rudloff .... re-recordist
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
 
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)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe
 
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)
 
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)
Jack Casey .... unit publicist (uncredited)
June Foray .... voice: disk jockey, various (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:
The "hospital" where the drug heist takes place, was on Beacon Hill in Seattle. It was built in 1932 by the U.S. government as a Marine hospital, and became a Public Health Service Hospital until recently Amazon.com took it over and revamped it for it's Seattle headquarters until 2010. The building is called the Pac-Med Building and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Police Officer:What's going on here?
Det. Lt. Lon McQ:[after punching a radical who insulted him] Bumped his knee on a chair.
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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A refreshing change of pace for the Duke., 6 August 2007
Author: knight_hawk2002 (knight_hawk2002@hotmail.com) from Northern Ireland

By the early seventies the western genre was in severe decline, and with the exception of Clint Eastwood the only other bankable actor within the genre who could return a sure fire hit was John Wayne. However having made a string or westerns in succession John Wayne was eager to broaden his horizons and undertake a new project, the project was to be a contemporary detective drama titled 'McQ'.

McQ is set in Seattle and follows Lon McQ (Duke) in his pursuit of the gangsters whom murdered his friend and colleague Stan Boyle. As the quest intensifies McQ uncovers the motive behind his friends killing and uncovers corruption that stems right to the top of the police hierarchy.

While the movie was slammed by critics and some anti Wayne elements its impossible to deny that John Wayne is well cast in this movie as a tough cop who is something of an outsider in a world of changing values. The Duke gives a fine performance with some good supporting players most notably Eddie Albert, Al Lettieri, Colleen Dewhurst and Diana Muldaur There are some well-staged action scenes including two high-speed car chases and an exciting climatic shootout. One notable if somewhat improbable action scene involves two lorries playing a large-scale version of dodgems with McQ's car that would have been very akin to a scene from a James Bond movie.

The movie delves into several interesting areas including corruption, family breakdowns and the shadowy underworld of drugs, one brilliantly directed and acted scene involves McQ exchanging drugs for vital information about an imminent drugs heist, this scene illustrates just how complex the drug underworld actually is and the chemistry between McQ and Myra is very evident.

The overall tone of the movie is notably grim and gritty and while the movie would have benefited from a larger budget, tighter direction and greater character development, nevertheless McQ was an undeniable hit at the box office and is a worthy entry into John Wayne's impressive portfolio.

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