McQ

McQ

Director: John Sturges

Cast: John Sturges, John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur

     
 

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Undoubtedly having second thoughts after turning down Dirty Harry, John Wayne showed up in 1974 in his own "maverick cop" adventure, McQ. Wayne, a veteran detective, turns in his badge when he's officially denied the opportunity of clearing the name of his late best friend, who has been

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Undoubtedly having second thoughts after turning down Dirty Harry, John Wayne showed up in 1974 in his own "maverick cop" adventure, McQ. Wayne, a veteran detective, turns in his badge when he's 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, Wayne becomes romantically involved with his friend's widow (Diana Muldaur), who unbeknownst to him is up to her neck in police corruption. Considering the usual flag-waving content of John Wayne's 1970s films, it is rather startling to discover that the real villains in McQ are a coterie of crooked cops!

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This cop-movie programmer represents an intriguing but not entirely successful attempt to place John Wayne's persona into a modern filmmaking context. McQ benefits from a strong script by Lawrence Roman, which applies an amusingly cynical edge to the plotline and offers plenty of decent twists along the way. John Sturges' direction is bit too stately, causing the pace to lag in spots, but he handles the action sequences with a craftsman's skill. His work is further enhanced by a fantastic musical score by Elmer Bernstein that mixes 1970s style funk elements into its driving, orchestral approach. Unfortunately, John Wayne feels a bit out of place in this scenario -- he handles the tough-guy stuff with aplomb but doesn't seem to connect (or feel comfortable) with the moral ambiguity underpinning the storyline. Thankfully, he is backed up with an excellent supporting cast that helps him carry the weight; Eddie Albert supplies a believably stuffy authoritarian presence for Wayne to butt heads with, Al Lettieri is appropriately menacing as the movie's resident mobster, and Roger Mosley is quite witty as the pimp informant who trades verbal barbs with Wayne while passing along information. Ultimately, McQ might be too uneven and languid in its pace for some viewers, but Wayne fans and action buffs are likely to consider it a reasonably entertaining oddity.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0085391158622
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
11,899

Special Features

Featurette McQ: John Wayne in Action; John Wayne trailer gallery; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne McQ
Eddie Albert Capt. Ed Kosterman
Diana Muldaur Lois
Colleen Dewhurst Myra
Clu Gulager Toms
Dick Friel Bob Mahoney
David Huddleston Edward M. "Pinky" Farrow
Al Lettieri Santiago
James Louis Watkins J.C. Davis
William Bryant Sgt. Stan Boyle
Fred M. Waugh Bodyguard
Chuck Roberson Bodyguard
Roger E. Mosley Rosey
Joe Tornatore LaSalle
Richard Kelton Radical
Richard Eastham Walter Forrester
Julie Adams Elaine Forrester

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Arthur Gardner Producer
Howard Jensen Special Effects
Jules Levy Producer
Anthony C. Montenaro Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Roman Co-producer,Screenwriter
Ric Rondell Asst. Director
Walter M. Simonds Production Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Michael Wayne Producer
Charles M. Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- McQ
1. Cop Killer Credits [5:47]
2. Shooting the Shooter [2:37]
3. McQ's Close Call [4:57]
4. Police Works Never Stops [2:34]
5. Everyone Wants McQ [3:34]
6. McQ Wants the Case [2:23]
7. Harbor Reconnaissance [2:58]
8. Roughing up Santiago [2:29]
9. Too Much Politics [1:58]
10. Can I Be Your Sister? [4:05]
11. Private Eye McQ [2:50]
12. A $5,000 Loan [3:39]
13. Rosey's Tip [2:56]
14. He Knows What Myra Goes [7:03]
15. $2-Million State Secret [3:01]
16. The Heist [4:40]
17. Two Laundry Trucks [4:25]
18. Police Connection [3:09]
19. Unlicensed [1:42]
20. Lois Has an Idea [4:23]
21. Breaking and Entering [3:15]
22. Santiago's Competition [1:34]
23. Don't Ask, Just Answer [2:57]
24. Death at Her Door [3:39]
25. Crunch Time [3:27]
26. Anyone Can Go Bad [4:28]
27. Follow That Car [3:35]
28. The Goods on Lois [2:48]
29. Bullets in the Beach [4:04]
30. Come and Get It [4:56]
31. Let's Get a Drink [2:56]
32. Cast List [1:34]

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