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McQ (Bilingual)

John Wayne , Eddie Albert , John Sturges    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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After turning down the role of Dirty Harry, John Wayne made up for lost time by starring in this pretty-good 1974 police drama. Shot on location in a gritty pre-Microsoft Seattle, McQ finds John Wayne butting heads with fellow cops and local crime elements as he investigates the murder of a fellow cop and friend. Wayne is obviously a bit long-in-tooth to be taking on this kind of role, but the script allows for some decent character development, including Colleen Dewhurst in a brief but memorable role as a washed-up barmaid, and the action sequences by veteran director John Sturges still hold up well. For anyone who cares, a key drug-heist sequence was shot in the hospital that now houses Amazon.com's Seattle headquarters. --Kristian St. Clair

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4.0 out of 5 stars JOhn Wayne should of done more like this March 12 2013
By Jay
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
John a little aged for the film. Music and speed great. Nice end shot gun and car chase. Loved the so-called Green Hornet
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5.0 out of 5 stars McQ Oct. 7 2013
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John Wayne is my favorite old timer actor , all his movies are great .Your service was ok a little late but all in all I am satisfied ,and the product is in great shape thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "McQ" hard to find but worth the wait. Aug. 25 2013
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This movie and "Brannigan " were mostly panned Because of another young star on the rise known as Clint Eastwood but still they were admirable updates to an already stellar career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MESS WITH McQ !! Jan. 29 2009
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Warner Home Video has done a decent job with the release of McQ on DVD. The movie is presented in its 2.35:1 Widescreen aspect ratio and the video and sound transfer in my opinion is excellent. The image is crisp and clear and the colors are vibrant and sharp. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono is crisp and clean and it sounds great on my home theatre system. McQ may not have been one of John Wayne's best films but I believe he gave it everything he had and in the end McQ is a solid cop film.

The "Duke" was known throughout his career for playing either cowboys or soldiers, but that all changed for him in 1974.

In 1974 John Wayne filmed the first of the only two movies he ever made where he played a cop, McQ (1974) and Brannigan (1975). There has been a rumor circulating for many years that John Wayne was offered the part of "Dirty Harry" but as far as I know it's never been confirmed. Written by Lawrence Roman and directed by John Sturges, McQ in my opinion is a very entertaining 70's cop film and John Wayne fans won't want to miss it.

John Wayne stars as Detective. Lt. Lon McQ who has been called in to investigate the murder of his best friend and fellow police officer Sgt. Stan Boyle. While trying to solve his friend's murder he is constantly butting heads with his superior Capt. Ed Kosterman, who's trying to run interference and undermine McQ's investigation or so it seems? McQ quickly realizes that he'll have to go outside the law to investigate the murder of his dead partner so he resigns from the force and gets a P.I. license and goes it alone. During the investigation McQ becomes involved with his dead partner's widow Lois Boyle and that's when the real fun starts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN WAYNE WITH MAGNUM FORCE March 3 2004
Format:VHS Tape
There is a rumour that John Wayne turned down DIRTY HARRY, but that movie's director Don Siegel in an interview rebukes that claim. However Big John got his chance to play a "Dirty Harry" type cop in this above average 1974 police corruption thriller filmed on the gritty streets of Seattle (long before Frasier appeared on the scene).
Det. Lon McQ (Wayne) investigates the murder of his police officer buddy and comes up against all sorts of obstacles. A great scene sees the Duke almost squashed to death in his car between two trucks. The end delivers a surprise that you won't see coming, and John Wayne (though old and paunchy clearly looks as though he's enjoying a change of role from his usual Westerns).
Well recommended, John Wayne followed this movie with a more tongue-in-cheek cop movie a year later called "Brannigan".
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By Pha-Q
Format:VHS Tape
Sure Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry series is in the fore-front of all cop movies. But McQ is right up there. Highly underrated, it has a great plot (not necessarily original, but) and the action is well paced. It has that darkened 70's feel to it, which works very effectively. John Wayne made a mistake turning down the Dirty Harry bit, but he shows what might have been in this movie. McQ and Dirty Harry and Bullitt are all great movies. If you haven't seen all of them, then what are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROGUE WAYNE Feb. 24 2003
Format:VHS Tape
THIS WAS THE DUKE'S EFFORT AT PLAYING THE ROGUE COP IN THE WAKE OF THE 'BULLIT' AND 'DIRTY HARRY' CRAZE.
WAYNE TURNS IN A TRUE TO FORM PERFORMANCE. YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON HIM TO MAKE A SATISFYING FILM AND TO RATE ANY WAYNE MOVIE AT LESS THAN FIVE STARS WOULD BE SACRELIDGE.
HE TRADES HIS SADDLE AND SIXGUN FOR A BADGE AND A MAC-10.
LON MCQ IS A SEASONED DETECTIVE WHO TIRES OF THE POLITICAL RED TAPE AND RESIGNS TO PURSUE HIS PARTNERS MURDER AS A P.I.
HE SLOWLY FINDS OUT THAT HIS TRUSTED FRIEND WAS DIRTY
ALONG WITH SOME OTHER BROTHERS IN BLUE. BUT THE DUKE ALWAYS FINISHES WHAT OTHERS START AND HE PLAYS IT OUT TO THE END.
EDDIE ALBERT TURNS IN A SUPRISINGLY GOOD SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE AND SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT THE ACTOR THAT WAS DESTINED TO BECOME FAMOUS AS TOM SELLECKS SIDEKICK ON T.V.
MCQ GETS A NEW PARTNER IN A TEXAS MADE MAC-10 SUBMACHINE GUN AND WREAKS HAVOC ON THE BAD GUYS WITH IT.
CRITICS HAVE ALWAYS ACCUSED WAYNE OF JUST PLAYING HIMSELF AND NOT REALLY ACTING. BESIDES BEING A GREAT ACTOR, WAYNE PLAYING HIMSELF IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTED ANYWAY, SO WHERES THE SIN?
MCQ IS A SIMPLE SOLID FILM STARRING A LEGEND AND DIRECTED BY ANOTHER. IT CERTINELY BELONGS IN ANY 'DUKE' VIDEO COLLECTION.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McQ. John Wayne Sept. 11 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Loved the movie, It's a little different to see the Duke in civilian atire as a investigator on the hunt for the people who took out not only cops but a good freind as well . One of the highlights for me was seeing the early 70's Trans Am that the Duke was driving ripping up the streets of Seattle, great looking car for the era. Another thing that I noticed was no profane language in the movie, quite refreshing and enjoyable for anyone to watch who likes action movies and the Duke.
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