McQ (1974)


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In this adventure film, a veteran detective is officially denied the opportunity of clearing the name of his late best friend who has been posthumously accused of drug pushing. Investigating on his own, he becomes romantically involved with his friend's widow, who is up to her neck in police corruption.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence Roman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005


as Kosterman

as Franklin Toms

as Edward M. `Pinky' Fa...

as Manny Santiago

as Elaine Forrester

as Sgt. Stan Boyle

as Walter Forrester

as Bob Mahoney

as Bodyguard

as Bodyguard

as Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for McQ

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The Duke, desperate to maintain his hold with viewers, tries to step into the Dirty harry territory with this disappointing crimer.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011

Uma triste ironia do Cinema que a única colaboração entre Sturges e Wayne tenha sido neste policial urbano medíocre que já nasceu anacrônico.

June 9, 2007
Cinema em Cena

A rethinking, if you will, by the Duke of turning down the role of Dirty Harry.

Full Review… | January 24, 2006
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Audience Reviews for McQ


Not a great movie but a pretty good one. The Duke is too old for his part, he was much better served by the following years Brannigan, but he gruffs his way through. The story is standard and not too difficult to figure out but if you are a fan of crime movies this is an acceptable time filler. Where it fails is in the wasting of three talented actresses Diana Muldaur, underused, Colleen Dewhurst, although she comes across the most strongly it is more the power of her personality and presence than anything she's given to work with in a throwaway part, and Julie Adams, she and Wayne have a good rapport in their one scene and you have a feeling there is more to their story but then she is gone from the film.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Even though it's the poor man's Magnum Force, there's something really fun and different about McQ. John Wayne is always so charismatic and cool that it doesn't really matter what he's in, it's gonna be worthwhile. I really like the overall tone of the movie, it's not overly violent or over the top. It's more of a traditional approach to the genre, which is nice. I like that there is a world where you can be a one man army and still succeed on top.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


John Wayne was a cowboy, pure and simple. He was also a war veteran at times. But he most certainly was not a cop and this movie shows why. It's a guilty pleasure of mine and I enjoy it, but after seeing this film I'm glad he turned down Dirty Harry because that never would've worked with anyone excet for Clint. Not a bad movie, but certainly not a classic.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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