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McQ is a 1974 crime drama starring John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, and Colleen Dewhurst. The film made extensive use of actual Seattlemarker locations. The beach scenes were filmed on the Pacificmarker coast at Moclipsmarker.

The film features a young Roger E. Mosley as a police informer, Colleen Dewhurst as a cocaine addict and Al Lettieri as the most visible villain of the film, the drug king Santiago, in one of Lettieri's final roles.

Wayne had been passed over for the lead in Dirty Harry a few years prior to this film.Dowell, Pat. - "John Wayne, Man and Myth". - (book review of: John Wayne, American by Randy Roberts and James S. Olson). - Washington Post. - September 25, 1995. - Retrieved: 2008-08-05 The producers of that film chose Seattle as its location in an earlier version of the script; it was later changed to San Franciscomarker when Clint Eastwood became connected with the project. The film also has a dramatic car chase, with Wayne in a green1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, influenced by Steve McQueen in Bullitt.Clark, Mike - "Behind the scenes with John Wayne". - USA Today. - May 22, 2007. - Retrieved: 2008-08-05

One of Wayne's more famous lines from this movie was after the character of Lon McQ was trapped inside of his car after it was crushed between two large trucks, he states to one of the reporting officers: "I'm up to my ass in gas."

Plot synopsis

Lieutenant Lon McQ (Wayne), a detective with the Seattle Police Department, investigates the murder of his longtime friend and partner, Sgt. Stan Boyle. The police department initially thinks that Boyle was shot by counterculture radicals. McQ thinks it was a hit by crime chief Manny Santiago. Interference from his superior over his pursuit of Santiago causes him to tender his resignation so he can investigate the case privately. He ultimately finds corruption in the police department related to confiscated illegal drugs. It hadn't been Santiago after all.



One other noteworthy element of the film was its introduction of the MAC-10 submachine gun to the general public and creating a demand for it.


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