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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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Cast

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Jay Austin
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Donna Caldwell
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Arthur Peale
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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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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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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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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Presidio  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,119,031 (USA) (12 June 1988)

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$20,036,242 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is a term which refers to a garrison base, military post, or fortified settlement. See more »

Goofs

When Jay Austin (Mark Harmon) chases Col. Lawrence through the alleys in Chinatown, they arrive at the street where Lawrence is struck and killed at the same time as the vehicle which did does this. The vehicle is shown driving at a high rate of speed down the street when it hits Lawrence and flees the scene.

This would only be possible if the car was tracking Lawrence down the alleyways, and exactly timed when it was going to hit him. However, Lawrence is shown struggling while running and was actually moving very slowly when he exited the alley into the street. There's no way that the car would have been in position to Lawrence. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: Now, are you sure you want to have a fight? Because I'm only gonna use my thumb.
Bully in Bar: Thumb?
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: My right thumb. Left one's much too powerful for you.
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Referenced in Game K N B?: Episode dated 3 March 2007 (2007) See more »

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Tangerine
Written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
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User Reviews

 
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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