Welcome to another installment of “It Came from the Bargain Bin”.
I have to admit, after reviewing the super corny tragic romance film, Ice Castles last week; I felt that it was necessary to seek out a testosterone fueled action flick in order to resurrect my masculinity. There are only so many action flicks that can really help you recover from an estrogen powered film like Ice Castles. Yes, there are plenty of testosterone powered films out there but this is an occasion that calls for the most extreme of testicular rage driven films. At first I considered a Sly Stallone film but even Cobra or Rambo could not revive my masculinity. Next I considered a Van Damme film but even Blood Sport, which is one of my all-time favorites, I realized was not enough to bring me back from the brink of melodrama wuss-hood. So, if anyone, who can revive my manhood? The answer became obvious. Who has the beard that can dish out ass-kicking’s without breaking a sweat? Who has fought the best of the best, including Bruce Lee, without blinking an eye? You know who. Chuck F’n Norris, that’s who! “It Came from the Bargain Bin” has gone on too long without paying tribute to The Fear The Beard Man and the delay ends today. Without spending too much time glorifying the man behind the facial hair let’s cut to the chase and begin the review. This week’s selection from The Bin is the Norris classic……
Lone Wolf McQuade
Stars: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, and Barbara Carrera
Director: Steve Carver
Writers: B.J. Nelson and H. Kaye Dayal
Reveiwed by: Joe Sikes
J.J. McQuade (Chuck Norris) is a Texas Ranger that prefers to work alone. McQuade’s practices are unorthodox in comparison to the rest of his co-workers and this is shunned upon by the powers that be. After yet another successful bust, J.J. learns that there is a code that must be followed when you are a Texas Ranger. Texas will not accept an officer that performs according to his own constitution and because of this McQuade is assigned a partner by the name of Kayo (Robert Beltran). Against his own beliefs, J.J. reluctantly accepts his orders and carries on.
Soon a powerful foe by the name of Rawley Wilkes (David Carradine) enters the scene and poses to be a threat to all that McQuade holds sacred. Mr. Wilkes is a Martial Arts expert and a drug kingpin that has no scruples and plans on imposing his will to become the all-powerful in the area that McQuade is not so reluctant to abort. After being relieved of his duties and having his best friend Dakota (L.Q. Jones) murdered as well as his daughter’s boyfriend, J.J. receives assistance by an F.B.I. agent by the name of Jackson (Leon Issac Kennedy) and realizes that you cannot defeat a drug pin’s army as a “Lone Wolf” but anything is possible with a wolf pack.
If you haven’t caught on yet, this is definitely the inspiration for “Walker, Texas Ranger”. I enjoyed every second of this action classic. Lone Wolf ranks up there, and may even rank above, Missing in Action and Delta Force. If you are looking for a Norris film that is comprised of everything from Kung Fu action to machine gun blood-shed than Lone Wolf McQuade is the flick for you.
As soon as you see Carradine and Norris on the screen together your pulse starts racing and you anxiously anticipate the Martial Arts battle between the two legends and you are not let down in the end. I can’t help but give Lone Wolf McQuade 2 and 1/2 beards. Don’t miss this one if you are a true action flick fan. Thank you and see you next week with another from The Bin.