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McQ (1974)

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Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department.

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John Sturges

Writer:

Lawrence Roman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Lon McQ
Eddie Albert ... Ed Kosterman
Diana Muldaur ... Lois Boyle
Colleen Dewhurst ... Myra
Clu Gulager ... Franklin Toms aka Frank
David Huddleston ... Edward W. Farrow aka Pinky
Julian Christopher Julian Christopher ... J.C. Davis (as Jim Watkins)
Al Lettieri ... Manny Santiago
Julie Adams ... Elaine
Roger E. Mosley ... Rosey
William Bryant ... Stan Boyle
Richard Kelton ... Radical
Joe Tornatore ... LaSalle
Dick Friel Dick Friel ... Bob Mahoney
Richard Eastham ... Walter Forrester
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Storyline

Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The cop no one can stop. Even the cops. [DVD] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detektiv McQ See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,280,710, 31 December 1974
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Myra (Colleen Dewhurst) is finally tempted enough by the drug filled balloons to inquire about them, she asks McQ if he brought her coke or skag. Skag is slang for heroin and the word's usage was more common in the 1970s than the 21st century. Also, cocaine had not yet achieved the luxuriously self-indulgent party drug reputation it gained in the 1980s. Although she claimed to only do coke, admitting to the use of either drug, painted her character in a harsher light at the time of release than it does to more modern audiences. See more »

Goofs

At around the 1h 35 minute mark, McQ gets out of the police car he stole from the police lot, and leaves it to roll down the hill and crash. When the camera angle is inside the car, black gloves can be barely seen on the steering wheel, and when the camera angle switches to outside the car, the silhouette of the stunt driver can be made out occupying the driver's seat, dressed in black. The director uses the shadows and camera angles to obscure it as much as possible, but the stunt driver is barely visible. See more »

Quotes

[McQ witnesses a robbery in which the crooks get away in a green and yellow laundry van. McQ chases the van in his Pontiac Firebird, roaring through back alleys and crowded civilian streets, and up the Interstate highway. He finally forces the van off the road, only to find that he has pulled over an empty, identical green and yellow laundry van from the same company]
McQ: Who are you working for?
Laundry Delivery Man: [horrified] I... I work for the laundry!
McQ: Well, why'd you blast through those stop signs?
Laundry Delivery Man: Well, the way ...
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Alternate Versions

The 1980s Warner Home Video VHS master was made from a 16mm TV print missing ten seconds of footage including during the car chase involving a laundry truck, an additional punch from Santiago when he confronts McQ in his office, and the introduction of Santiago's henchman before the final chase on the beach. The later video releases and DVD are uncut. See more »

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GOOD "DUKE" MOVIE...NOT THE BEST, BUT ABOVE AVERAGE
6 September 2004 | by drk1996See all my reviews

McQ was one of John Wayne's efforts to move into a new era. McQ was not the best of Wayne's movies, but it wasn't the worst (an old friend who is no longer around once said there were no bad John Wayne movies). Just turning 50 myself, I remember the John Wayne movies of my youth, and Wayne was always "tops" on my list. McQ was "Classic Wayne" in a new era. The 70s were a time when men were starting to become different in the movies. Not like the men of my youth. Wayne kept that "macho" image going. In another post, a comment was made the Wayne used "big weapons" to foil the bad guys long before Rambo did. That is exactly right. It is great to sit and watch an action movie with so many great starts of the past (Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, and a young Roger E. Mosley). Another thing that is of interest is these so called "movie experts" that watch movies, and don't understand one thing about the movie they comment one. McQ's car was a Trans Am, not an AMC Hornet. It was referred to at a "Green Hornet" in reference to the TV show "The Green Hornet." It was the nickname of his car, not the made or model of the car. His Trans Am was the same color as the Green Hornet's car. This is a good John Wayne movie. Good music, good car chases, good story line. It is a good movie to sit and watch on an rainy afternoon. Enjoy it for what it is. A nice chance to relive some moments from your youth, and see the Duke in action. Enjoy yourself, and have fun. That was the purpose of the movie.


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