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
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LaSalle
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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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McQ-he's a busted cop, his gun is unlicensed, his methods are unlawful and his story is incredible! See more »


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When the film was released one critic suggested Lon McQ looked like he should be celebrating his Diamond Jubilee on the police force. See more »

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None of McQ's daughter Ginger's spoken dialogue match what her lips are doing. It appears that her entire dialog was overdubbed, either by herself after the fact, or by another actress. See more »

Quotes

Kosterman: Lon, I know you. I'm not gonna stand for you making up your own rules. You're not going to pull that Mickey Peters thing again!
McQ: Peters was a hood and everybody knew it!
Kosterman: Yeah, and you weren't satisfied with throwing him up on the roof! You had to go up there and throw him back down! Six months in the hospital! Four lawyers screaming about his civil rights!
McQ: Well, it kept him off the streets, didn't it?
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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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