After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
When McQ leaves the state building after the drug heist to follow the laundry truck, he runs to his Trans Am, opens the door, and is seen getting in head first before the cut away. Since John Wayne was 6'4" tall, it would have been impossible for him to get into a Trans Am that way, he would have to go right leg first, and then slide into the seat, tilting his body to the left as he does it, and twisting his neck out of the way until his butt hit, and slid across the seat, which is the way he is seen to do it when he comes out of Pinky's office into the alley. See more »
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 »
McQ is being shown currently by a certain cable network. Very fun and entertaining to see this genre of movie, as it hardly exists today. John Wayne was very good as a near-retirement cop, but this movie definitely has a 1970's feel. From the cool and groovy instrumental soundtrack, to the chase scenes, this is a film that just isn't made anymore. The Seattle locale was used very effectively, and was different from what most movie-goers had been used to seeing. (Of course, now, with Canada taking over a lot of location shooting, it doesn't look that foreign today.) Seattle looked quite a bit different 30+ years ago, but just excellent location shooting! If you like this genre, and you like the Duke, this is a must-see!
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