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McQ -- A police lieutenant resigns from the force to track down some big dope dealers involved in killing a couple of police officers.
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Release Date:
6 February 1974 (USA) See more »
The cop no one can stop. Even the cops. [DVD] See more »
Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)
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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Additional Details

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:Unrated (1974) | Netherlands:18 (1974) | New Zealand:M (1974) | Norway:16 | Spain:18 (1974) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The car chase finale was filmed on the Olympic Peninsula; there were filming delays when the beach was foggy.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Stan Boyle (William Bryant) parks the car he used to kill the cops from in the used car lot, he reaches out the window to open the car door while wearing gloves, and then takes the gloves off, puts them in the leather pouch with the gun, and puts his hand on the steering wheel to steady himself while getting out of the car. Since he was wearing gloves, it would not matter whether he used the inside door handle, so there was no reason to reach through the window to use the outside handle. Also, since he had taken the gloves off, he should not have touched the steering wheel with his hand and fingers. A veteran cop would have known these things, and more than likely would have kept the gloves on until after he passed the car lot's chain link fence, which he also touches with his bare hand/fingertips on the way out.See more »
Det. Lt. Lon McQ:[looking at the body of Toms, whom he has just shot. Sarcastically] Franklin Toms; a Servant of the People.See more »


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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Why all the negatives?, 5 February 1999
Author: Stu-42 ( from Las Vegas

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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