Wayne liked that Trans Am for all the 'Horse' power (by buzznzipp1995)
This is just not typical Wayne. Not like the westerns of which he had critical acclaim. To take into account that Wayne already had a body full of 'cancer' when he was making this film. In example, being that just two movies barely a year and a half later, he had to have oxygen administered to him, on the set of that last movie that he acted in 'The Shootist'. That was do to the fact that on the set of that old western picture that was shot in about, 1948' out in a desert area, where there had been previous nuclear testing performed. The location managers, happened to <more>
put the production company on that site to shoot the movie, it wasn't Wayne being stupid or his fault it was where they were set up to work...everyone else from that movie was gone long ago, Wayne was one of the last to go. Considering all the 'weight' on top of him, I really enjoyed the story and the action, and I am utterly impressed at the caliber of performance that Wayne brought to this picture!! Also I wanted to mention my respect for Lawrence Roman and John Sturges, the writer and the director, who were the other part in making this what it was. The back drop of Seattle was especially interesting to me, being born in the northwest originally. It seemed a different setting for Wayne, altogether. Astheticlly pleasing.Also an impressive aspect for me in this is, John Wayne has a deep commanding voice of course and yet offers sympathy and sensitivity for the other characters at times. On the other hand he also didn't take crap from those around him looking to give it to him.I guess thats a real balancing act, that kind of makes him sensible too I would think.Inasmuch I reverted back to my childhood days with the partly cloudy skies of Washington, "The state" as I watched 'Lon' Wayne move around the city from place to place, tracking the trail of 'antagonist' Manny Santiago lettieri . Pretty fun at the point that Lon is in the Men's room with Santiago, pounding him for all he's got and bloodying the city's cornerstone criminal. Lon would return to his bachelor landing pad, out at the dock, his trusty boat. An attempted car theft and after a loud commanding shout, Lon drops the fleeing felon with a single 'solid' aimed gunshot! POW!! Awesome Wayne stuff. Watching him take the witness's statement with the recorder was classic seventies persona kind of nostalgia. I recommend this feature to any truly discriminating Wayne fan that has not seen it. It was a departure from his other major roles. I think, even though, as it has been said Mr. Morrison always played John Wayne in everything that he ever did. I once heard a man from Hawaii say, "It doesn't matter what the movie on the marque was, if John Wayne is in it, I'm gonna go see it." Lets face it...it was never his 'range of character' that people went to see anyway.Just good Ol' John Wayne. For me, this movie is right around the caliber of 'BULLITT' McQueen Wayne comes through with 'Cowboy' style. ***
I was happy I'd had a particularly busy week, and decided to "veg-out" for a while early Friday afternoon. As a result, noticed this being run on AMC at a time I normally wouldn't have watched.For some reason, this is one of the Duke's film which I'd missed earlier, and had never taped or rented. It also reminded me of how infrequently one saw him on-screen in contemporary, civilian attire. One of his later films, not many years before his illness and death, he seemed surprisingly spry and energetic at age 67. And the story was interesting from the start to the end <more>
and gripping, and the remaining actors well-cast and excellent.With John Wayne now gone for more than 30 years, it's particularly nostalgic and enjoyable to watch one of his movies you haven't seen before.This may not quite be a 10* flick, if one were rating in a contemporary fashion. But for the above reasons, I enjoyed it at this level today.
Interesting to see how in this film, action movies were changing in the seventies: the fights are still of the punch-up type, but Wayne trades in his six-shooter and rifle for a silenced Mac-10. The car chases are quite good although the Pontiac Trans-Am is referred to as an AMC Hornet , and ultimately, I would say that this is a satisfying and intriguing film, and one of the first mainstream movies to deal with police corruption.
under-looked (by darcos-1)
Before hand I would apologize if there is grammar errors. English it's not my native language. This movie, fr me it's up there with bullit maybe more enjoyable because Mr Wayne communicate the street lingo well and it's less stiff than Mr. McQueen.I'm actually would like to purchase the music score but it's not commercially available.I don't understand why Elmer Bernstein does not included the music on his repertoire.I thought the cast was superb, A great line, when the snitch said " you're no badge anymore, what ya gonna do, go fist city on me". The car <more>
chase it's equal or better than bullit's chase. Hopefully, in a near future it's re-released on HiD and we get to enjoy it again. I lived in Seattle during early 90's and just now I gather the movie was shot there. You darn right it's one of John Wayne's under appreciated, under-looked pieces.
Real great fun to watch John Wayne plays 'Dirty Harry'! (by saykeng)
I recently watched the reruns of two action movies, McQ & Brannigan, both starring John Wayne, on cable TV. I had watched both of them in the theatres during the mid 70's or so.As a young boy, I have always enjoyed watching John Wayne in so many westerns Stage-coach, Rio Bravo, True Grit... & in so many war movies Green Berets, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Longest Day... .I believe that John Wayne was almost in his late 60's/early 70's when he starred in the above two movies. I also believe that these were the only two movies in which he had played a street-wise no-nonsense <more>
cop. That's 'Dirty Harry' style! In the first movie, McQ, he was Police Detective-Lieutenant Lon McQ in Seattle. He investigated the death of his partner & along the way uncovered some corrupt elements in his police department with shady connections to the mob. The signature mobster in the movie, Manny Santiago, was played by Al Lettieri.In the second movie, Brannigan, he was Police Detective-Lieutenant Jim Brannigan in Chicago. He was sent to London to bring back an American mobster on the run, Ben Larkin, played by John Vernon & along the way he got entangled with the conservative work-style of Scotland Yard.Despite his age, John Wayne was really remarkable in both roles. Having seen him in so many westerns & war movies, it was refreshing to see him acting in contemporary settings. The hot-pursuit action sequences car chases & shoot-outs were really good, considering that era. In McQ, the car chase along the beach, with sea gulls fluttering away for cover, was magnificantly choreographed. In Brannigan, the car chase segment ending at the Tower Bridge was great, too. There was even a large-scale brawl at a London pub...reminiscent of John Wayne's innumerable westerns. The storyline in both movies was quite intriguing. In McQ, he even got to show off his physical prowess with an unlicensed sub-machine gun. That was cool! The dialogue in both movies was witty, too.In Brannigan, one could see how big & tall John Wayne was, when he was in London among the crowd. He really stood out like a sore thumb. His opposite was Commander Sir Charles Swann of Scotland Yard, played by a very fine British actor, Richard Attenborough. John Wayne even got a beautiful side-kick in the movie, Detective Sergeant Jennifer Thatcher, played by Judy Geeson.In McQ, I was very surprised to see John Wayne in an intimate scene involving a junkie informer played by a fine actress Colleen Dewhurst in an understated role. This was something which had never happened in any of his other movies, as far as I know! On the whole, both movies had a good mix of action, drama & comedy, coupled with witty dialogue throughout. I have enjoyed very much watching both of them again after so many years.
Duke as the "dirty, play by my own rules" cop (by eaglesfan152000)
I remember seeing this movie when I was young and always thought this was one of John Wayne's better roles. Let's face it, even according to his own admission, he had some stinkers. The role of this film was originally offered to Clint Eastwood as the role of Dirty Harry was originally offered to John Wayne. The Duke even did some of his own driving in the car chase scenes. True, he might seem somewhat out of place playing a "dirty", play by my own rules cop, based solely on the fact that he made so many Westerns, but all a cop drama is is a western on wheels.One of my <more>
favorite scenes is where Waynes character beats up Al Lettieri in the bathroom and leaves him lying in the urinal. The music is great and the ending is a classic.
A refreshing change of pace for the Duke. (by knight_hawk2002)
By the early seventies the western genre was in severe decline, and with the exception of Clint Eastwood the only other bankable actor within the genre who could return a sure fire hit was John Wayne. However having made a string or westerns in succession John Wayne was eager to broaden his horizons and undertake a new project, the project was to be a contemporary detective drama titled 'McQ'.McQ is set in Seattle and follows Lon McQ Duke in his pursuit of the gangsters whom murdered his friend and colleague Stan Boyle. As the quest intensifies McQ uncovers the motive behind his <more>
friends killing and uncovers corruption that stems right to the top of the police hierarchy.While the movie was slammed by critics and some anti Wayne elements its impossible to deny that John Wayne is well cast in this movie as a tough cop who is something of an outsider in a world of changing values. The Duke gives a fine performance with some good supporting players most notably Eddie Albert, Al Lettieri, Colleen Dewhurst and Diana Muldaur There are some well-staged action scenes including two high-speed car chases and an exciting climatic shootout. One notable if somewhat improbable action scene involves two lorries playing a large-scale version of dodgems with McQ's car that would have been very akin to a scene from a James Bond movie.The movie delves into several interesting areas including corruption, family breakdowns and the shadowy underworld of drugs, one brilliantly directed and acted scene involves McQ exchanging drugs for vital information about an imminent drugs heist, this scene illustrates just how complex the drug underworld actually is and the chemistry between McQ and Myra is very evident.The overall tone of the movie is notably grim and gritty and while the movie would have benefited from a larger budget, tighter direction and greater character development, nevertheless McQ was an undeniable hit at the box office and is a worthy entry into John Wayne's impressive portfolio.
McQ is being shown currently by a certain cable network. Very fun and entertaining to see this genre of movie, as it hardly exists today. John Wayne was very good as a near-retirement cop, but this movie definitely has a 1970's feel. From the cool and groovy instrumental soundtrack, to the chase scenes, this is a film that just isn't made anymore. The Seattle locale was used very effectively, and was different from what most movie-goers had been used to seeing. Of course, now, with Canada taking over a lot of location shooting, it doesn't look that foreign today. Seattle looked <more>
quite a bit different 30+ years ago, but just excellent location shooting! If you like this genre, and you like the Duke, this is a must-see!
On horseback or behind the wheel, Duke kicks ass! (by toddsolley63)
John Sturges Bad Day at Black Rock, The Great Escape directs Big John Wayne for the first time and the result is "McQ", an action packed detective thriller that ranks among the best of the 1970's genre. Much of the negative criticism regarding this film has to do with whether or not a man the age of The Duke could do the things his character does in this film. Wayne was 66 when he began shooting "McQ" in Seattle, Washington. I can tell you I have known men who worked hard and lived hard, and could easily kick my ass when they were 66. On horseback or behind the <more>
wheel, John Wayne can kick ass. Having that issue resolved, focus on Wayne's fine performance, a suspenseful and well written screenplay, taut editing that rivals "Bullitt", a powerful supporting performance from Colleen Dewhurst as Myra, Elmer Bernstein's innovative and driving score, and Sturges fine, autumnal direction. ***1/2 out of 4 .