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McQ (1974)

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Seattle cop is caught up in a corrupt police force that he is trying to make right. Mq is a cop with a mission.

Director:

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 ... 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
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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

After McQ shows Myra the balloons of cocaine in his handkerchief, and gets up from the chair, the balloons roll off the handkerchief and onto the floor. When he is rebuffed by Myra, and returns to the chair, the cocaine is back on the handkerchief and not on the floor. See more »

Quotes

[McQ has just test-fired a MAC-10 submachine gun, and is putting it inside his leather bag. Jack, the gun shop owner reacts to this]
Jack: You're not going to take it, are you?
McQ: Just say it's a loan.
Jack: Lon, it's not licensed!
McQ: Jack, neither am I.
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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 »

Connections

References Bullitt (1968) See more »

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Still a cowboy
3 February 2006 | by faul8769See all my reviews

OK, so what do you watch a John Wayne movie for anyway? Good action, nice plot, the Duke doing HIS thing; this time with a badge and a cool car instead of his trusty horse. I just watched this movie again on Speed Channel's lost drive in......Very enjoyable. Good supporting cast, great location and poor ol' Al Littieri gets wasted again! How many bad guys did he play in the 70's? Another good John Wayne movie.... How about that Firebird... was that a '74 Trans Am? Dark green too, hmmmm, maybe more than just a little "Bullit" brought into this film? There are a couple of scenes and the music occasionally really reminds me of Bullit. The Duke is no where as cool as McQueen (hmm, there's a "McQ"there too) but he certainly has the muscle, even at this age.


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