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The Presidio (1988)

A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.

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Arthur Peale
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Col. Paul Lawrence
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Patti Jean Lynch
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Howard Buckely
John DiSanti ...
Det. Marvin Powell
Robert Lesser ...
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James Hooks Reynolds ...
George Spota
Curtis W. Sims ...
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Rosalyn Marshall ...
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Storyline

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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Presidio  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,119,031, 12 June 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,036,242
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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 »

Goofs

Sean Connery's character constantly refers to the Sgt Maj "winning" the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is not "won" it's "awarded". See more »

Quotes

Thug (unknown): Who the hell do you think you are?
Sgt. Major Ross Maclure: I'm the Infantry, sonny.
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Connections

Referenced in Memories of Me (1988) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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Brilliant
17 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

An amazing movie. All the elements come together to make a very entertaining movie that gets better the more you watch it.

From Bruce Broughton's masterful score (one of his very best in my view) to Peter Hyams' evocative photography, everything comes in focus around a first-class cast that include star-making performances by Mark Harmon and Meg Ryan and the wonderful turns we take all too easily for granted by Sean Connery and Jack Warden.

The chase sequences are among the most inventive and gripping of modern cinema and are edited with just the right touch (take note you commercial directors who think chase scenes consist of unwatchable snippets of film) and highlight a great story full of lively characters.

Overall, a very memorable movie, which helps explain why it keeps showing up again and again on our TVs.


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