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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.

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Cast

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.

Full Review… | June 18, 2016
Creative Loafing

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Without the Duke, this would be a mediocre police adventure

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for McQ

½

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
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
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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
Derek Daniels

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