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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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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.Read more ›
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".
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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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.Published on Oct. 7 2013 by Marleeanna
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2013 by Chales V. Jones
John Wayne as a cop. It doesn't sound like a bad idea. The only problem is that he waited until the last five years of his career to do a police movie. This one is pretty good. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2007 by Dan Collins
Sure Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry series is in the fore-front of all cop movies. But McQ is right up there. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Pha-Q
Not Bad, Police drama starring John Wayne and Eddie Albert in a story of tough cops trying to stop the drug trade. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2000
John Wayne wasn't just considered for the role of Dirty Harry, he was the top choice. The role was his for the taking. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2000
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