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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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Director:
Writer:
Lawrence Roman (written by)
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Release Date:
6 February 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Corruption in the Seattle PD See more (58 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 | 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)

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Trivia:
The car chase finale was filmed on the Olympic Peninsula; there were filming delays when the beach was foggy.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Quotes:
Myra:You're a bear. I don't like bears.See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Corruption in the Seattle PD, 24 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I've always felt that John Wayne did his two police films McQ and Brannigan for a combination of reasons. Some of his last westerns before these like The Train Robbers and Cahill were really not up to standard and didn't get the reception at the box office Wayne films could usually expect. I also think those rugged western locations were becoming a problem healthwise. And of course Wayne was bowing to the public's new taste in heroes.

In McQ Wayne is investigating the death of his partner, the way Humphrey Bogart investigated the shooting death of Jerome Cowan in the Maltese Falcon. He has to go private to do it, he actually resigns from the Seattle PD and gets a private license, courtesy of a friend, David Huddleston. The investigation leads him to some surprising and not welcome conclusions.

John Wayne is always the great symbol of law and order and at first glance you would think this might not be a role for him, investigating crooked cops. But when you think about it in films like Tall in the Saddle and Rio Lobo he dealt with crooked sheriffs in the usual Wayne manner. In fact the whole point of Rio Lobo is Wayne putting his whole life on hold to find a couple of guys who betrayed him and their country during the Civil War. So McQ is definitely in line with both of those films.

In the supporting cast my favorite is Al Lettieri the drug kingpin of Seattle. Lettieri's death a few years after this film was a great loss to cinema. During the first half of the Seventies, ever since playing Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather, Lettieri created some really outstanding villains and Manny Santiago here is one of them.

The ending will surprise you and its more Maltese Falcon than you would think.

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