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(1988)

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Originally meant to star Sir Sean Connery and Don Johnson, but Johnson had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Miami Vice (1984). Mark Harmon was brought in as a last-minute replacement.
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Kevin Costner was contracted to play the Jay Austin role that in the end went to Mark Harmon. Apparently, Costner left the project much to the disappointment of Sean Connery who had wanted to work again with his co-star from The Untouchables (1987)
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"The Presidio of San Francisco", now a former military base, was originally called "The Royal Fortress of Saint Francis" and was also known as "El Presidio Real de San Francisco". The facility is now closed and exists mostly as a park in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. "The Presidio" is located on the northern part of the San Francisco Peninsula in San Francisco, California.
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Mark Harmon's veteran Marine character of Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the later television series NCIS (2003) has some similarities with his former army military police character of Jay Austin in this movie. Both characters are former military officers who have changed-over to being police detectives.
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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).
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The Navy aircraft carrier seen during the opening credits is the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returning to its home port of Alameda, CA.
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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.
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Was set to go into production in 1986 with Lee Marvin and Jeff Bridges starring, but Marvin fell ill and died the same year. Gene Hackman was approached to replace Marvin, but turned it down. When Bridges left the project, the film was put on hold.
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Marlon Brando turned down the role of Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure.
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Star Sean Connery and director Peter Hyams previously collaborated on Outland (1981) around seven years earlier. This picture was their second and final film of two collaborations.
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The film's director Peter Hyams was also the movie's cinematographer, the picture being a rare instance in a major motion picture of one person performing both these duties. Hyams though, has performed both roles on a number of movies.
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Between takes, Sean Connery did a cameo as himself in Memories of Me (1988).
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Tony Scott was originally set to direct before he was replaced with Peter Hyams.
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The name of the water company was "Blue Mountain Spring Water".
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The Presidio (1988) filmed at the actual location of San Francisco Presidio, the picture being set in and around the former military base.
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The film's "Presidio" title is a term which refers to a garrison base, military post or fortified settlement.
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"The Presidio", which features predominantly at the start of the picture, hardly appears at all in the rest of the movie.
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Many movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "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".
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The movie re-teamed actor Sean Connery with Paramount Pictures which Connery just the previous year had won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (Oscar) for The Untouchables (1987) for that studio. The Presidio (1988) was Connery's very next film after that movie, but this time, Connery had the lead role, and again was in the forces, not as a policeman this time, but as a military man.
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Peter Hyams:  [Spota]  a character named Spota.
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