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

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Kosterman
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Lois
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Myra
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Toms
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Pinky
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J.C. (as Jim Watkins)
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'Santiago'
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Elaine
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Rosey
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Stan Boyle (as Bill Bryant)
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Bob Mahoney
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Walter Forrester

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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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John Wayne starred in this film, along with Brannigan (1975), because he missed out on starring in Dirty Harry (1971). See more »

Goofs

At the concession stand, McQ shows Rosey "five bills" in the newspaper then folds the paper closed. Cut to a different angle and the paper is slightly open and the bills are visible. Cut back to the first angle and the paper is closed again. See more »

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Det. Lt. Lon McQ: Elaine, I need $5000.
Elaine: I hope it's for a woman.
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McQ is a "criminally underrated Masterpiece"!
2 July 2015 | by (Central Park West, United States) – See all my reviews

Critics and viewers often dismiss McQ (1974) as a lame Dirty Harry/Bullitt rip-off (which it is), but the film is redeemed by its utterly unintentional ridiculousness.

Think of it as a modern day film noir with shady characters, as the plot involves the "Anti Hippie Radical" Seattle Police Department covertly stealing and selling narcotics for profit.

A bloated and bored John Wayne goes through the motions as a former cop who is willing to do anything -- and I mean anything to crack the case, including:

*Beating random people up *Doing cocaine with and then having sex with an overweight fifty-five year old homely woman solely for information "on the streets." *Stealing and later brandishing an unregistered MAC10 (which was cutting edge firearm technology at the time.) *Terrorizing innocent laundry truck drivers all over Seattle *Generally acting and driving like a major menace to public safety

Other highlights include: *T.C. from Magnum PI as a pimp, "Huggy Bear" type character *The bass-heavy "wah guitar" infused funk score blasting loudly through much of the film *Put some foam on it! I'm up to my butt in gas!

Think of this film as a parody (in fact I was laughing so hard I was literally crying) and you'll be golden.

7/10 for McQ (1974)


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