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as Franklin Toms
as Edward M. `Pinky' Farrow
as J.C. Davis
as Manny Santiago
as Elaine Forrester
as Sgt. Stan Boyle
as Walter Forrester
as Bob Mahoney
Critic Reviews for McQ
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.
The Duke, desperate to maintain his hold with viewers, tries to step into the Dirty harry territory with this disappointing crimer.
Uma triste ironia do Cinema que a única colaboração entre Sturges e Wayne tenha sido neste policial urbano medíocre que já nasceu anacrônico.
A rethinking, if you will, by the Duke of turning down the role of Dirty Harry.
Without the Duke, this would be a mediocre police adventure
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.
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.
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.
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