McQ

McQ

John Sturges (1974)

106min
AA Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Star John Wayne and director John Sturges were both past their action prime when they collaborated on this ill-conceived excursion into Dirty Harry territory. Detective Wayne hands in his badge as he pursues the truth about his murdered pal, but his formal attire and ill-fitting toupee suggest he'd be better suited to a businessman's retirement home than chasing bent cops and drug dealers half his age. The car-chase finale on the beach is particularly poorly staged, but if you've persevered with the movie, this final disappointment will come as no surprise. Shot on location in Seattle by Harry Stradling Jr, it remains watchable mainly for the scenery and solid supporting performances from the likes of Colleen Dewhurst, Eddie Albert, Al Lettieri and Clu Gulager.

Summary

John Ford's historical drama chronicling the turbulent reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, focusing on her power struggle with Queen Elizabeth I which resulted in a sentencing to death for treason after Mary refused to renounce her claims to the British throne. Katharine Hepburn stars in the title role, with Fredric March, Florence Eldridge and John Carradine.

Cast & Crew

Detective Lt Lon McQ John Wayne
Capt Ed Kosterman Eddie Albert
Lois Boyle Diana Muldaur
Myra Colleen Dewhurst
Franklin Toms Clu Gulager
Edward M "Pinky" Farrow David Huddleston
JC Davis Jim Watkins
Manny Santiago Al Lettieri
Elaine Forrester Julie Adams
Rosey Roger E Mosley
Sgt Stan Boyle William Bryant
Walter Forrester Richard Eastham
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Edited for some of its language and violence. Available on: video
Drama