“McQ” is a 1974 crime thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring John Wayne in the title role of Detective Lon McQ. The film is notable for being one of the few times that Wayne played a contemporary police officer rather than a cowboy or a soldier.
In the movie, McQ is a tough Seattle detective who is investigating the murder of his best friend and fellow police officer. As he delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a conspiracy involving corruption within the police department and the local drug trade.
The film features a number of exciting car chases and shoot-outs, as well as Wayne’s trademark tough-guy persona. However, “McQ” was not a critical or commercial success and is considered by some to be a forgettable entry in Wayne’s filmography.
Despite its shortcomings, “McQ” remains a notable film for showcasing Wayne’s versatility as an actor and his ability to play a contemporary law enforcement officer. The movie also features a strong supporting cast, including Eddie Albert, Colleen Dewhurst, and Clu Gulager.