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Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 15 April 1983 (USA)
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably ... See full summary »

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The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, and involving the woman they both love. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The 'Mad Dog' Criminal...The 'Lone Wolf' Lawman...The Ultimate Showdown. See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,200,000 (USA)
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Director Steve Carver once said of shooting in El Paso: "El Paso is filled with locations that are not only visually exciting but also authentic. The scenes that were filmed at Indian Cliffs are some of the most spectacular in the film". See more »

Goofs

After Snow got pulled out of his burning vehicle and thrown due to the following explosion of the tank-truck we can clearly see his glasses on the lying on the ground, which remains there as McQuade throws him into his car and drives off. The very next scene, after they stopped on another location, he gets dragged, meant for his interrogation, but this time he is wearing his glasses. See more »

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Molly: I didn't know you took days off.
J.J. McQuade: Hi Molly.
Molly: Where have you been stranger?
J.J. McQuade: I've been real busy.
Molly: Oh boy, same old trouble huh?
J.J. McQuade: My kind of trouble doesn't take vacations.
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A "Spiritual Adviser" is credited in the closing credits. It is director John Milius. See more »

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Promises little, delivers loads
22 October 2012 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Back in the 1980s Chuck Norris made a career out of starring in approximately 40 million low-budget action movies. Most of these were produced by the notorious Cannon Group, but thankfully Lone Wolf McQuade was exempt from that rule. With a price tag that wouldn't even cover the catering budget of the typical Hollywood film, and a PG rating, Lone Wolf McQuade actually manages to be very good for what it is.

Chuck is the titular McQuade, a grubby, rugged (grubbed?) Texas Ranger with hair covering 90% of his body who lives in a dirty shack out in the desert and spends what little free time he has blasting at target dummies. His wife and daughter have moved on, tired of his dedication to the job. Make no mistake, McQuade is one honest-to-God, genuine, straight-up tough guy. He's too good for the job, angering his long-suffering Captain who teams him with a cheeky, young upstart Highway Patrolman. McQuade doesn't take to kindly to this and just as he chases his new partner out of his dirty shack his daughter (Dana Kimmel, the cutie-pie lead from Friday the 13th Part 3) is caught-up in a gun-running plot operated by the evil Rawley Wilkes (David Carradine, who looks so much like Chuck they could be brothers, minus the body hair).

It's basically an A-Team plot (the clip credits don't help distract from this) but everything is overblown so much it truly would have been an awesome film to watch in a crowded cinema back in 1983. Even the score, by some guy I had never heard of, was brilliant, echoing Spaghetti westerns of the 60 and 70s. Everything that can be exaggerated gets the treatment. But it's important to note that this is not a ridiculous film in the vein of Commando. Lone Wolf McQuade takes itself seriously as a western and somehow, through sheer masculinity and a devil-may-care attitude it works.

Apparently Chuck liked the character so much he wanted to make a TV show out of it but MGM wouldn't budge so Walker, Texas Ranger was created instead. It's a shame that it had to turn out that way as a TV show would have been a nice legacy for the movie. As it is, it's one of Chuck's best. I went in with expectations so low they could ooze underneath the bathroom door. McQuade may be a lone wolf, but he's also a dark horse.


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