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February 14, 2017
The Duke in an American Style "Noire"
May 30, 2016
Decent copper. John and a machine gun is worth it.
½ December 20, 2015
Basically the same movie as Wayne's Brannigan, and like Brannigan a sort of Dirty Harryish movie. The similarities with Dirty Harry are reinforced by the movie successfully advertising the fully automatic machine gun MAC-10 like Eastwood's constant advertisements promoting the .44 magnum.
However, the Duke's firearms advertisements have been made irrelevant by government legislation, the movie's feeble attempts to suggest Dirty Harry's tactics are more suited for England and not the US have been made irrelevant by congress and presidential approval as well.
Other than that, it could be classified as a more enjoyable, and at least socially, emotionally, and ethically conscious movie than the Dirty Harry series.
½ May 2, 2015
This is a weird and crappy movie that is disjointed and the main thing is that you won't care at all about any of the characters. Wayne is a bum in this movie. A real hack.
½ September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

(1974) McQ

After the financial success of "Dirty Harry" starring Clint Eastwood, John Wayne on record regretted not accepting the role when it was (along with Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Burt Lancaster) also offered to him, so when "McQ" was made, it was a response to the "Dirty Harry" and "Bullitt" movies. It opens with two officers shot sometime during the night, and by the time we see the person who was shooting at them, he turned out to be a cop too(a sergeant to be corrected) leaving the question of why. But as soon as this sergeant dropped something into this guys car, he gets shot in the back from a 12 gauge shotgun. It is daytime again, and we finally see our star, McQ played by John Wayne waking up to answer a call from his boat, struggling to find a socket to plug his phone. He's then told that a friend of his has been shot and is in critical condition. And it was during then that we learn more about who the sergeant really is, who happens to be one of McQ's best friends named Detective Sgt. Stan Boyle (William Bryant). And just when he's about to go and visit his friend at the hospital by heading straight to his car, he first catches someone attempting to break in. Then someone unknown person tries to take a shot at him before he manages to shoot him dead first.

You know for some reason, after watching this movie I'm quite glad John Wayne as well as other actors rejected the "Dirty Harry" role since in this film, Wayne not only "looked" old but also appear to look like one as well. He not only looked tired, but the story looked like that it had to be adapted to convenient Wayne, the actor since in McQ he's playing a retired sergeant, who hasn't like really quit because he felt he still had an obligation to find out what is really going on. And for some strange reason much of these older actors, particularly John Wayne looked much healthier on westerns than playing detectives or people who're still working in the police force- he even looked funny driving fast on his 1973 pontiac trans am like it was my grandfather that was doing all investigating. Besides Wayne, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Brian Keith, William Holden, Glenn Ford, and Gary Cooper when age looked like that it was catching up to them all still looked good when they starred in Westerns. I mean, if you can still hear an actor, panting on a small chase scene, it means that perhaps it'd probably would've been better had he not be playing detective.

2 out of 4 stars
April 27, 2014
Everybody's crooked!
Super Reviewer
½ February 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.
November 9, 2013
Two slain officers lie in pools of blood on the street. There's no pattern to the killings and police are confused and scared. Only after gunshots splatter his partner across a back alley and Detective Lon McQ (John Wayne) himself narrowly escapes death does the bloody rampage make sense. Now McQ knows whom to go after.

also stars Eddie Albert, Diana Muldar, Collen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Al Letteri, Julie Adams and William Bryant.

directed by John Sturges.
September 11, 2013
My dad was one of the bad guys in the film
½ June 17, 2013
A shitty and nonsensical copy of Dirty Harry. The Q stands for Queer, it's Mac Queer. If you like sucking dick in the toilets of McDonalds restaurant's, then go ahead, watch'll probably enjoy the shitty piece of trash that is.. McQ.
½ June 15, 2013
the duke's version of a maverick cop a la 'dirty harry'
June 10, 2013
A John Wayne "Dirty Harry" type movie. Good acting and a great plot. Ps: John Wayne sports a trans-am in this movie!
November 30, 2012
It's about the car chases and PreMicrosoft Seattle. .
October 11, 2012
wow. what a diverse actor. too bad there hasn't been one of those since he died.
October 11, 2012
Ah, sure look here! It's John Wayne driving a car for once. His vividly uncomfortable expressions while in the first car chase scenes are just priceless (obviously most of it shows a stunt-man driving but I mean the close-up shots). It doesn't rate as highly as Dirty Harry, The French Connection or Bullit but you get the idea: it's the seventies, it's the cops, it's god darn-it John Wayne!
½ August 27, 2012
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.
½ August 11, 2012
The only pairing of John's Wayne and Sturges, with Wayne not drifting to far from the gruff no-nonsense roles he was normally associated with. Owing a massive debt to Dirty Harry and Bullet in the heyday of 'maverick' cops, this is a surprisingly solid affair from Wayne, that actually manages to blindside the viewer with a pretty solid twist and some punchy action. Its no classic by any stretch of the imagination and whilst Wayne once again plays a 'law man' this is a rare 'cop' from the big man and is worth watching for that fact alone.
½ July 6, 2012
Annoin Waynelle vielä yhden mahdollisuuden. Mutta ei niin ei! En yksinkertaisesti tajua mihin äijän suosio perustuu. Tässä leffassa osaansa liian vanha Wayne ja tekijätiimi yrittää ratsastaa kolme vuotta aikasemmin ilmestyneen Likaisen-Harryn menestyksellä, todella laimein tuloksin. Ihan pilipali leffa joka on aikaansa jäljessä erityisesti mitä tulee väkivallan kuvaukseen. Ja siinä missä Harry Callahan oli antiikkisine käsityksineenkin kuitenkin kova jätkä jolla oli suurimmat ongelmat lähinnä poliisibyrokratian kanssa on Waynen McQ pelkkä säälittävä (sovinisti)vanhus josta kovuus on kaukana.
June 20, 2012
Directed by John Sturges (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963)), this started out life as an abandoned treatment for Magnum Force, then it became a potential vehicle for Steve McQueen (hence the title), before it was given to John Wayne. It was his first cop film after years of westerns and war films. He does well in the role too, but he's looking a bit old for it, and he should have made this sooner. In Seattle, it begins when Detective Sgt. Stan Boyle (William Bryant), has been picking off police officers is himself shot in the back by someone he was working for. His partner Lon McHugh (Wayne), also known as McQ, is assigned to investigate, and it takes him to shipping businessman Manny Santiago (Al Lettieri), who has been known to deal drugs. But McQ's excessive force ends up with him being kicked off the police force, or rather, he resigns. So, he teams up with private detective "Pinky" Farrell (David Huddleston), and continues to investigate the web of deceit and lies that involves the police have been stealing drugs and swapping them with sugar, with Captain Edward Kosterman (Eddie Albert) wanting to keep McQ out of trouble. Even though it's all been seen before, Wayne proves to be a dab hand as a cop, and he should have started doing them sooner, this makes a good double bill with Brannigan (1975). This benefits from good cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr. and a soulful score by Elmer Bernstein.
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