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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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THE PRESIDIO ARMY BASE, SAN FRANCISCO. When a landmark of historic tradition becomes the scene of a shocking murder, a military commander and a street-tough cop are forced into action... against the killer, the mysterious past, and each other. See more »


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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$20,036,242 (USA)
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Trivia

The shot of the aircraft carrier coming into San Francisco Bay at the beginning of the movie was completely unplanned. The entire crew were at the time on the Presidio's parade field, along with hundreds of off duty soldier, filming a staged parade. When director Hyams saw the fleet coming in, he stopped filming of the parade to get a shot of the ships going past. In the final cut of the movie only a few seconds of the parade are shown at the beginning, and the rest of the day's shoot was left on the proverbial cutting room floor. See more »

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In the title sequence you see a Nimitz classes aircraft carrier putting to sea going under the Golden Gate Bridge, this shot being taken from the north side of the bridge. In the next cut you see a Nimitz classes aircraft carrier putting into San Fransisco, this can be deduced as the shot has the Presidio in the foreground, which is at the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the ship is moving left to right See more »

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Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: You're not going out dressed like that, are you?
Donna Caldwell: Like what?
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: Well, you can see right through that dress. You might just as well go out without one.
Donna Caldwell: There's a thought.
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I Get Along Without You Very Well
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
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Great Chase Scenes Highlight an Engrossing Film
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would be giving this film a 10 out of 10 if it weren't for the relative letdown of the ending which does not quite resonate the way it should have.

But this small disappointment does nothing to erase the first hour of the film which brims with great characterization, great acting and great direction.

Peter Hyams chose to pace his film with two great chase scenes which are so well directed, they should be studied by younger filmmakers who think fast cutting and CGI somehow makes action scenes exciting.

Shot with long takes and real stunts, the car chase is a model of great action directing that takes your breath away even after the tenth viewing. As for the foot chase scene, it is so well-paced (kudos to Hyams' editor Jim Mitchell) that you can still see everything in spite of the frenetic action (again a craft that is totally lost in most of today's disappointing action films) Extra tip of the hat should also go to Bruce Broughton for his inspired and powerful score.


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