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The Presidio (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  10 June 1988 (USA)
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Jay Austin
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Donna Caldwell
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Arthur Peale
Dana Gladstone ...
Col. Paul Lawrence
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Patti Jean Lynch
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
MP Zeke
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Howard Buckely
John DiSanti ...
Det. Marvin Powell
Robert Lesser ...
Sgt. Mueller
James Hooks Reynolds ...
Curtis W. Sims ...
Sgt. Garfield
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Bully in Bar
Rosalyn Marshall ...
Lawrence's Secretary
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Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk driver. Now a series of murders that cross jurisdictions force them to work together again. That Austin is now dating Caldwell's daughter is not helping the relationship at all. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He didn't want to share the murder investigation. There's no way he's going to share his daughter. See more »


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$20,036,242 (USA)
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Trivia

One of a handful of movies whose storyline cover an alleged murder in a military setting. The film's include Basic (2003), Breaker Morant (1980), The Presidio (1988), The General's Daughter (1999) and A Soldier's Story (1984). See more »

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The diamonds are smuggled in bottles of water supposedly because they are invisible when immersed in water. Not true. The diamond index of refraction is very different from that of water. They would easily be seen. If the liquid had been mineral oil, which has a much closer index of refraction to diamonds, then the gems would have been hidden somewhat. See more »

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[Lt.Col Caldwell has just beaten up the bully in the bar who had started a fight with him]
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: You see these little oak leaves?
[points to the silver oak leaves on his lapels]
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: They're silver. That means I'm a lieutenant-colonel. If they were gold, THEN I'd be a major! Understand?
[hits the bully's head on the bar]
Bully in Bar: [grunts & nods] Yes sir!
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: Now, next time you see an officer of the Army, you'll know how to recognize his rank!
[Lt-Col. Caldwell walks out of the bar]
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Referenced in Memories of Me (1988) See more »

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Written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
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Better-than-average thriller
22 August 2001 | by (Iowa) – See all my reviews

Despite what some people have said about this movie, I must tell you I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sean Connery, as always, gets into his character Lt. Col. Caldwell very well (he should be cast as a military officer more often). Meg Ryan, though limited in screen time, shines as his daughter Donna...they're father-daughter sessions make for some good drama.

Mark Harmon, who for some reason hasn't received many offers to star in big movie roles, plays Jay Austin. He's a cop who used to be an MP at The Presidio, the base at which a murder takes place. Harmon does an excellent job, both as Donna's lover and Caldwell's unwanted partner.

The fact is, the performances are wonderful, the story is fascinating, and the chase scenes create pulse-pounding excitement. If you like action, romance, drama, and a little humor every now and then, I recommend The Presidio.


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