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

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McQ
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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
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Radical
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LaSalle
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Bob Mahoney
Richard Eastham ...
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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The cop no one can stop. Even the cops. [DVD] See more »


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Trivia

When the film was previewed in January 1974 John Wayne was being treated for pneumonia in London. See more »

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Near the end of the film, when two cars full of bad guys shows up after the shootout next to the train bridge, Mcq and Lois jump in their car and speed off onto the beach. When the tires start to spin on the soft, wet sand, they squeal as if the car was on pavement. See more »

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[McQ's Pontiac has just been sandwiched and smashed between two semi trucks in an alley. The cops arrive and find McQ in the wreckage]
Police Officer: How bad are you hurt?
McQ: How the hell do I know? Get some foam on this thing! I'm up to my butt in gas!
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Why all the negatives?
5 February 1999 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

I just saw McQ for the first time in a while and I still don't understand where all the harsh criticism comes from. Was John Wayne such an incredible actor that if he comes out with an ok effort it's looked at as crap? I'll admit this movie was not an academy award winner, but it really was quite enjoyable. I liked seeing Wayne in something different. He actually did a decent job as the tough cop who went up against drugs and corruption. In contrast to reviews I've read I really don't see as much sameness to some other movies of the time e.g. "Dirty Harry." It dealt with its own issues and had a fine supporting cast. As far as actioners go I think this one holds its own and turns out to be a pretty fun "Duker."


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