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Lone Wolf McQuade



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.

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  • Adam January 13, 2013, 11:04 am

    Nice review Joseph, I am not sure how I managed to survive 40 years without seeing this epic film. Gonna try and rectify that ASAP this looks glorious.

    • Joe January 14, 2013, 7:46 am

      Thanks Adam,
      You should definitely check this out and it wouldn’t hurt to throw on some Wranglers and boots and crack open a Lone Star while you’re at it. Thanks for the post. Enjoy your week.

  • Griff January 13, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Not sure who decides to put Carradine in the final showdown with a Cosby sweater on. I think I rocked that sweater in high school. :-D

  • Joe January 14, 2013, 7:57 am

    Hey Mark,
    Oh, you definitely rocked that Argyle action in H.S. I think they were trying to make some kind of statement regarding the separation of classes, you know, the ol’ poor man (tank top and jeans) versus rich man (sweater and slacks). I’m probably reading a bit too far into this but either way Kung Fu in a sweater in slacks, even if it’s Carradine, looks pretty ridiculous. Thanks for the post, Mark. Have a good week.

  • MarkusWelby1 January 14, 2013, 10:25 am

    One of my faves from Chuck’s resume. I was pretty bummed about his lame appearance in EX2 so I had to go back and dose up on this. Not even 1 fist fight? Come on Sly…..deplorable!

    • Joe January 14, 2013, 1:15 pm

      Hey MarkusWelby1,
      I have yet to have seen EX2 but it sounds like it might not be worth the price of admission if Chuck isn’t kickin some ass. Why would the great bearded one be in a movie if he’s not droppin some chops on someone? McQuade certainly will alleviate any Chuck jonesin that a fan may be experiencing. Thanks for the post MW1. Have a great week.

      • Griff January 14, 2013, 2:18 pm

        I am pretty sure that this bit right here is the best stuff I have scene from Chuck Norris in years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg14hRntRpg
        It’s almost like he made it for funny or die…

        • Joe January 14, 2013, 4:43 pm

          Yikes! Chuck needs to do more ass kicking and less Reagan quoting.

  • BrikHaus January 18, 2013, 9:33 am

    Looks like a cheesy, awesome good time. I will have to check it out.

  • Joe January 18, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Hey Brikhaus,
    Yes, you definitely have to check out this Norris flick. You will not be disappointed. Have a great weekend.

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