Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Leon Isaac Kennedy,
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates a martial arts showdown between...
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The previous posters comments about this film say something about thereviewer. Um...Chuck Norris and David Carradine??...what kind of moviedid you expect with two KNOWN martial arts stars in it? High PlainsDrifter?

This movie ranks as probably one of Chuck Norris' best action films ofhis career and was certainly the basis for his very successful seriescharacter "Walker, Texas Ranger". With this movie we saw Chuck changefrom his old image of the blonde, California boy to the dark haired,bearded, tough guy Chuck we know today. Chuck's movies took on aslightly tougher edge from this film forward (i.e. Invasion USA, Codeof Silence). And who can fault the addition of "grasshopper" himselfDavid Carradine to the mix? A major casting coup for the film.Carradine camps it up as a drug smuggling, karate champ who taunts andultimately tries to kill Texas Ranger McQuade. The dialogue and actionare typical of the genre and the time period but for some reason thisfilm stands the test of time like some of the John Wayne westerns ofold. Chuck clearly wished to set himself in that "lone, lawman, hero"mold of Wayne with this film.

There is one shot in the opening sequence where McQuade walks intoframe in silhouette with the sun behind him, bearing down on his enemythat is right out of the classic westerns of the 50's. That's the moneyshot of the film. Robert Beltrane (of "Star Trek: Voyager" fame) does anice, early career stint here as the hapless, partner who forced to tagalong on McQuade's heels, but who saves the day in some small way. Muchlike Tyne Daly did to Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry in "The Enforcer".

And you just can't beat the final showdown between Carradine & Norris,which ranks right up there with Chuck's other famous duel with BruceLee. It's Action Cinema Gold.

All in all, a great little film for people who like action heroes.