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Super Reviewer
½ September 23, 2010
A classic from back in the day, Chuck Norris was doing lone wolf one-pissed-off-man army roles long before Steven Seagal took the screen in 1987. this time we see Chuck as the original Texas Ranger, juggling his personal life and his dedication to the Rangers... but he's squaring off against the legendary David Carradine, a ruthless gun smuggler and martial arts expert who will kill anyone who interferes with his operations.

A cross between Dirty Harry, a few westerns and a comedic element and anger management issues which is used as inspiration for later Seagal movies and for instance, Tango and Cash or Walking Tall, everyone knows Chuck is THE MAN, but as I say, Chuck was making one liners and setting the trends much earlier than later action movies, alongside Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Its Western inspired theme and background is obviously a homage to John Wayne movies and such, Chuck plays a more charismatic and roguish character which everyone loves. The action is very old school, not much special effects here, its very possible a lot of action sequences, such as the stunt of hanging off the back of the pick up even inspired the likes of Jackie Chan who made his infamous umbrella on the bus scene in Police Story 1985.

All in all, an enjoyable classic, not much in character quality and development aside from Chuck, but its pure entertainment value, and in my opinion stands as one of the best Chuck Norris, 1980's action movies.
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2007
Chuck Norris.
Super Reviewer
February 1, 2007
Chuck Norris is excellent as the super-tough lone-wolf Texas Ranger.
½ March 2, 2011
Before Walker, there was McQuade(!). He is the typical-in-the-movies "I work alone" tough-guy who makes his own rules type law enforcement officer. Though reluctant to work with his new partner, he does so willingly after his daughter is injured witnessing a crime. Decent 80s action film all the way through to the climatic end with the Texas Ranger fighting antagonist David Carradine (who, for some reason again plays a tough guy who has a hot chick).
December 23, 2008
the most awesome Chuck Norris movie !! that man is pure americana. His girl shot, his friend killed and his daughter abducted, but doesnt go apeshit until they kill his pet wolf. . . awesome
September 23, 2008
The origin of Walker. Too bad it had to be all cleaned up for TV. This on the other hand has a bit of everything. Spaghetti western, espionage, crime, revenge and of course martial arts. For the most part it works. More films should try to smash up a lot of genres.
August 19, 2007
some may not love this movie as much as I do it is old but has meaning chucks characture has a pet wolf so much happens around chuck and the wolf and chuck's trying to keep in touch with his x and child and still be a lawman a good one that he portraits it is not a safe job
July 26, 2007
Chuck Norris is a beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 17, 2007
One of Chuck Norris's great action martial arts films. David Carradine really is superb as a gun runner who is a great nemesis of Chuck Norris, a film that everyone will like.
April 11, 2015
This is one of Norris;s best movies......a fung fu western.
½ March 18, 2015
One of Chuck Norris' best films.
December 9, 2014
Easily my favorite Chuck Norris film, which was the basis for "Walker, Texas Ranger." "Code of Silence" is Chuck's best straight film, which plays standard 80s action flick, ALA Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson, but this film does a terrifically fun job of bringing the sensibilities of the spaghetti western to a modern day Texas cops vs drug dealer crime flick. Walter Hill and John Milius did the similar thing but even better with the underrated "Extreme Prejudice," although that film was more Sam Peckinpah than Sergio Leone. The film was directed by Steve Carver, who never really did anything else all that memorable outside of some 70s exploitation flicks for Roger Corman ("The Arena" and "Big Bad Mama") and written by a couple guys who never made anything else you've heard of besides some direct-to-video sequels to "Scanners," which most people probably never heard of, although John Milius reportedly did some uncredited script doctoring and is credited on the film as "spiritual advisor." Besides what I'm sur is major contributions by Milius (who also wrote "Extreme Prejudice"). I wonder if Milius had a hand in the scene where LQ Jones is cheating at cards since it definitely feels better written than a lot of the film, though LQ is also a pretty good writer and may have punched up his scenes. And,the scene where Chuck is being buried alive in a pickup truck and takes a break to drink a beer also seemed like the type of corny but awesome touches Milius does so well. This film is also greatly helped by a strong supporting cast, led by David Carradine as the main villain, which gives an excuse for a great karate showdown between the star of "Kung-Fu" and the Force of One, Norris. There's also former Bond Girl, Barbara Carrera, Peckinpah stock company members R.G. Armstrong & LQ Jones, and plenty of character actors like Leon Isaac Kennedy, Sharon Farrell, William Sanderson, Robert Beltran and Kane Hodder as an uncredited role as a goon. The film is also immensely helped by a score from veteran spaghetti western composer Francesco De Masi. This film is borderline camp and Chuck Norris is still a terrible actor, but there are a lot of elements that I greatly enjoyed. Go, Chuck!
November 5, 2013
Said to be one of the better Chuck Norris action vehicles of his career, I went into Lone Wolf McQuade expecting simply cheap fun exploitation action.

It takes very little time before it becomes clear just what style of filmmaking Lone Wolf McQuade follows. It is that of a Spaghetti Western style which is great, but it also takes into account a lot of the good stereotypical elements of Chuck Norris films such as his fighting skills and the relentless patriotism. The film works as a stylish mix of Sergio Leone style western mythology and definitive Chuck Norris action exploitation. It is an interesting blend, and even though the story is hardly as complex or engaging as a Sergio Leone film or as fun and action packed as the better Chuck Norris vehicles. You cannot expect a Chuck Norris film to have the complex undertones and messages of a Sergio Leone piece and as a film which touches upon the west it cannot be straight up as an action vehicle either which means that the negative elements of the two amalgamated genres do prove to take their toll on the final product as a whole because it ends up incurring a slow pace and melodrama which shortens the action quantity and therefore limits the general appeal of the film as a Chuck Norris movies.
Lone Wolf McQuade is essentially just another generic Chuck Norris film but works as a more stylish piece than a lot of his others. This means that it faces the same thin story and basic script as well as one dimensional characters. This makes it hard to fully enjoy the film. It is decent in parts, mostly in the scenes which require more explosions and less talking, but there simply is not enough of them for the film to stand up well enough by today's standards. The film simply feels like an extensive episode of Walker, Texas Ranger without holding too much to suggest that it has the production values of a genuine feature film. Lone Wolf McQuade simply has not aged well and lacks enough nostalgia for it to be much of a campy guilty pleasure.
Lone Wolf McQuade capitalises on being a 1980's action film in the sense that it goes a fair way on a small budget. With only $5 million, Lone Wolf McQuade is carried by a lot of well-staged action which keeps the film entertaining. There could have been more of it, but what exists is a versatile collection of scenes which keep the spirit of the film high enough to justify staying until the end. They make the film memorable and give it moments of excitement which suggests that it could have been a great film. It tried to be a guilty pleasure and a legitimate tale which is its primary downfall, but it really has some fun scenes. The action in the film is great. Although the western style of the film limits the blood and gore quantity to minimal, it is packed with shootouts and explosions which give it the sense of fun that it needs. Although the sound effects during some of the fight scenes prove a little too obviously fake, as a whole everything is put together well.
As part of being a Sergio Leone style feature, Lone Wolf McQuade has a lot of western elements. One of the most obvious ones is that the musical score in the film borrows very heavily from Once Upon a Time in the West. The music is derivative, but it gives the film a certain western atmosphere which is nice, and it adds to the feel of the film well. The film also benefits from a lot of strong western scenery as well as good cinematography techniques which capture everything nicely, so the film has a certain level of visual appeal to it which elevates it above many of i

Chuck Norris' lead performance is a firm one. While the film is clearly a B movie and any attempts to characterize J.J. McQuade as anything more than the archetypal hero than he is prove to be ridiculous, Chuck Norris fits the profile of the part excellently. You can see him genuinely trying in the role because he makes an effort to express some emotion in the part instead of strictly remaining monotonous, and even though it doesn't always work, he does have a sense of determination in the part. His role is effective mainly because he is such a convincing cowboy. He grasps his weapons with confidence and a quickdraw, and his natural heroism and patriotism is all there which gives him the correct edge for the role. It is great to see Chuck Norris in a Spaghetti Western style film because it capitalises on his later legacy as Sheriff Cordell Walker from the cult classic action television series Walker, Texas Ranger. Considering the time of the film, it is a great example of him branching out. So Chuck Norris makes a decent cheesy action hero lead for Lone Wolf McQuade and justifies the existence of the film as a star vehicle for him, so he makes the gimmick of the film decent.
Considering David Carradine's legacy for exploitation films in the 1970's, he makes a welcome presence as the central antagonist in Lone Wolf McQuade. His physical abilities as a fighter are fairly impressive and realistic without being overly choreographed. He is a genial presence in the part as he is such an easy antagonist, and his general handling of himself as an action character is no challenge for him. David Carradine plays his part in Lone Wolf McQuade easily and makes a natural villain without difficulty.

But despite the presence of both Chuck Norris and David Carradine as well as some strongly staged action sequences, Lone Wolf McQuade ultimately fails to decide whether to be a western or a simple action film and ends up an unbalanced amalgamation of the two which is slowly paced, needing in more action and poorly aged.
½ February 21, 2014
Texas Ranger J.J McQuade has an outstanding recorded for the solo arrest that he has made. Accompanied with that recorded is a nasty uncooperative attitude for working with Feds & other law enforcement officials. But when his daughter becomes: evolved in a, contra-banding, arms altercation, he will put, a makeover, on his game.

The Feds recruit the Ranger to assist in tracking down the platoon of the arms dealers & bring down their gang...

This is a martial arts western action movie: divinely, on the list as being one of the best there is. It is one of Chuck Norris's best films.


I give the film an A (Amazing)
July 24, 2012
This the best Chuck Norris movie ever made. It is so over-the-top macho/ridiculous that it's worth watching over and over. The scene where Chuck "drives" his Ram-Charger out of the ground with the aid of Pearl beer and macho-ness may be the best in cinema history.
½ August 24, 2013
In the late 1970s and early 1980s there were two martial artists that were very popular on the screen. Chuck Norris and the late David Carradine, and in this film, they both go head to head. This movie is a prelude to Norris' role in the TV show Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001), which the odd thing is Norris would star as Walker 10 years after this movie. J.J. McQuad (Norris) is a take charge kinda Ranger and wants to do things his own way, but things don't turn out that way, as he's partnered with Kayo (Robert Beltran) and along with FBI agent Jackson (Leon Isaac Kennedy) take down Rawley Wilkes (Carradine) and his regime. With the help of Kayo and Jackson, McQuad also rescues his Daughter Sally (Dana Kimmell) who was kidnapped by Wilkes. Norris and Carradine explode on the big screen.
August 1, 2013
come on its Chuck Norris
June 27, 2013
One of those "Best Worst Movies" ever to grace your dad's vhs collection. This film is SO BAD, the cheesiness and overall cliche' factor is hilarious. Chuck Norris can be in an absolutely horrific film, but still manage to make it cool to some degree. This film really has it all and should develop a cult following over time. I mean it has action, bad humor, lines that weren't intended to be funny but end up being hilarious and David Carradine. This film truly has it all. Throw in a cow town fight over a girl and have a muscle headed tough guy call a guy a greaser and you have a classic....oh wait, that IS already in the film!!!!! Watch this movie, it is so terrible you will love every second of it.
½ February 23, 2013
Before there was "Walker, Texas Ranger" there was "J.J. McQuade, Texas Ranger". C. Norris plays the same Texas-bred badass, but JJ has a pet wolf and he likes the bottle a bit too much. Needless to say, I aprove of this movie. Maybe don't waste your time watching it though.
November 28, 2012
Around the 15 minute mark Chuck actually yawns on screen, I feel yah buddy...I really didn't care for the spaghetti-western theme or the disposable love story - I just wanted to see him fight the hell out of David Carradine already, c'mon.
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