Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Lieutenant Colonel Alan Caldwell was his commanding officer several 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
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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, it was put on hold. See more »
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell wears a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) with a single star on his Class A uniform. In the movie, it is made clear that Caldwell's first combat duty was in Vietnam; only a combat veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam would earn the right to wear a CIB with a single star in place of a CIB minus the star. However, it is possible that Caldwell earned a second CIB award if he participated in the invasion of Grenada in 1982 (the movie was made in 1988), so this is not necessarily an error. See more »
A Military Policeman investigating what looked like a break-in at the Officer's Club at the Presidio in San Francisco is shot down. The same man also shoots an SFPD officer while fleeing the first crime. This makes the whole thing a dual jurisdiction between the Army and the local law enforcement.
Hard enough normally, but in this situation you have a detective played by Mark Harmon who's a former MP who has a bad history with Sean Connery the provost marshal in charge at the Presidio. Though they hate each other's guts they of necessity have to work together.
Sean Connery is one of those players who just being in a film elevates in class. Without him in the thing this would be just a routine police yarn, might have been good enough for a made for TV film and nothing more. Another conflict in the film is Connery with daughter Meg Ryan who takes an interest in Harmon at first to spite dad, but then finds herself falling for him.
Acting honors in this film go to Jack Warden the retired sergeant major who won a Congressional Medal of Honor saving Connery's life in Vietnam. Warden and Connery keep you interested in the film, in finding out just why the MP and the SFPD officer had to die. Without them, I doubt anyone would care.
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