Sunday, December 22, 2013

1974 - MCQ, a very bad John Wayne film.

A very bad film made by John Sturges and John Wayne late in their careers.  Clearly the point of  McQ was to put the iconic actor in a contemporary cop film similar to Dirty Harry. But considering the talent, the film is a very poor rehash of that film.

A lot of the people involved in the film like John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein are working well below their skill level.  It's like hardening of the artistic arteries had set in with these old time professionals.  John Wayne in particular looks really out of it.  He seems barely engaged with the film and is incredibly stiff and slow moving throughout the film.  Wayne acts more like a senior citizen in need of a walker than a tough veteran cop. 

To add to the oldster status of the film, the rest of the cast fetures a bunch of old timers.  William Bryant, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Al Lettiere, Julie Adams and Colleen Dewhurst.  It's like being at a celebrity senior citizens center.

The plot is about drug dealing and dirty cops something that was on Quinn Martin TV shows every other week.  The action is unimpressive except for a final car chase along a Pacific Ocean beach.

The whole thing is just pretty depressing and bad.

111 minutes.

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