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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.

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Eddie Albert
as Kosterman
Clu Gulager
as Franklin Toms
David Huddleston
as Edward M. `Pinky' Farrow
Al Lettieri
as Manny Santiago
Julie Adams
as Elaine Forrester
William Bryant
as Sgt. Stan Boyle
Richard Eastham
as Walter Forrester
Dick Friel
as Bob Mahoney
Fred Waugh (II)
as Bodyguard
Chuck Roberson
as Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for McQ

All Critics (8)

  • It's more a rumor than cold, hard fact that Wayne was offered the role of Dirty Harry and passed on it. At any rate, the Duke played his own version of Inspector Harry Callahan in this agreeable if stridently unexceptional film.

    Jun 18, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Duke, desperate to maintain his hold with viewers, tries to step into the Dirty harry territory with this disappointing crimer.

    Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Uma triste ironia do Cinema que a única colaboração entre Sturges e Wayne tenha sido neste policial urbano medíocre que já nasceu anacrônico.

    Jun 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • A rethinking, if you will, by the Duke of turning down the role of Dirty Harry.

    Jan 24, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Without the Duke, this would be a mediocre police adventure

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for McQ

  • Feb 20, 2014
    Despite the allure of having the ole' Duke on top of the bill, I could not really get into this run-of-the-mill, formulaic 70s cop-thriller. I really like the genre but the film just lacks the talent and star power (besides Wayne) too be interesting and captivating. So, I could not finish it, despite some classic 70s merits such as a score by Bernhard Hermann and great costumes.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2008
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2008
    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 n Super Reviewer

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