Synopsis: Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Sturges
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

- Oh, hi, Sarge.

- Al.

What are you doing up at this hour?

- Night shift.

- Want the usual?

Just some milk.

How's McQ? Haven't seen him lately.

You know, Lon and his boat.

He's living on it.

How's the gut?

It's not bad.

Good. I got something cooking out back.

- You need anything, give a holler.

- Right.


Oh, nuts.


Lon, J.C., did you hear?


I'm sorry, Lon.

Stan went down this morning.

How bad?

Shotgun in the back.

He's in Harborview.

They're working on him now.

Get Doc Merar over there.

He's here.

- Lois would like to see you.

- How's she doing?

'LG; Gutsy. Holding up.

Well, don't leave her alone.

Get a policewoman with her.

Now, what happened?

Don't know. No witnesses.

Coffee shop guy heard the blast,

but didn't see a thing.

Well, pull the package on Manny Santiago.

I want an intelligence update on him,

and I want to see Stan's log.

Lon, two other officers

got taken off, too. Nine millimeter.

Beat man named Hyatt and Wally Johnson.

You know,

he works the night watch in Property.


Kosterman thinks it's militants.

See you.

Hold it!

- All right, now. Just stay back.

- Don't worry.

You know him, Lieutenant?

Patty Samuels. I know him.

He's a hit man. He was waiting for me.

Pete, call the medical examiner.

I better have that

for the inquest, Lieutenant.

Hey, mister,

that was a hell of a shot.

I called the cops for you.

Yeah, thanks.

- You saw what happened?

- I saw you shoot him.

- And before that?

- I saw him blasting away at you.

Good. Now I want you

to repeat what you saw

just exactly the way it happened.

- Hey, look, I don't wanna get involved.

- You already are.

I have a tape recorder here.

- Are you a cop?

- Yeah.

Tell him what happened.

Officer, witness this.

Well, hell, I was just on my way to work...

Name and address first.

My name is James Carter,

and I live at 1131 North 74th.

I was on my way to work this morning

when I saw this guy trying

to break into this car, some young kid.

And then this guy came out

and chased him away

and this other guy

started shooting at him, see,

and then the first guy blasted him.

You know, it was a hell of a shot.

- Lon.

- Stan's tough, Lois.

Don't forget it.

- How bad?

- Critical.

He liked to work, Lon.

He thought being a cop was the greatest.

Well, he's still a cop,

and he's still gonna be one.


I'm not surprised he was shot.

I've been expecting it.

All wives expect it these days,

don't you know that?

Some crazy getting it off,

a radical doing his number.

We don't have to talk about it now.

You've got some questions,

though, haven't you?

Well, another time.

It's all right.

Police work never stops, does it?

I'm sorry, Lon.

What do you wanna know?

I know he was taking you

to a show last night.

How did he end up alone?

He got a call.

From whom?

I don't know, but it was important.

I could see his face.

I could feel

the tightening in his stomach.

You know how he was.

- Did you hear what was said?

- Just pieces.

Well, I have a feeling it had something

to do with

the drive on against the dealers.

Just a feeling, that's all.

The department dries up the city,

someone tries to dry up Stan.

Any names mentioned?

Manny Santiago's, for instance?

No. I would have remembered that for sure.

Well, Lois, I hate to,

but I'm just gonna to have to go.

- Can I call somebody, a friend?

- Lon, don't baby me.

I'm tough, too, remember?

We'll all be back out

on that boat again soon.

You'll see.

I'll be back as soon as I can.

Calling Dr. Denon. Dr. Denon.

Okay, let's go. Everybody out.

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