Friday, March 27, 2009

Car Chase Friday: McQ

This week's chase is from McQ (1974). The movie is notable mainly for two things: John Wayne playing a contemporary detective instead of an Old West cowboy, and the first use of an air cannon to make a car roll over several times.

There are several car chases in the movie. Here's the one on the beach. John Wayne is trying to protect a lady from some bad guys who are trying to kill her. This maybe isn't quite one of the all-time great chases, but it's still quite good and it features the cannon-rolled car. That's a routine stunt nowadays, but in 1974 it was a total "Whoa!" moment.

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