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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.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writer:

Larry Ferguson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell
Mark Harmon ... Jay Austin
Meg Ryan ... Donna Caldwell
Jack Warden ... Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure
Mark Blum ... Arthur Peale
Dana Gladstone ... Col. Paul Lawrence
Jenette Goldstein ... Patti Jean Lynch
Marvin J. McIntyre ... MP Zeke
Don Calfa ... Howard Buckely
John DiSanti ... Det. Marvin Powell
Robert Lesser ... Sgt. Mueller
James Hooks Reynolds James Hooks Reynolds ... George Spota
Curtis W. Sims Curtis W. Sims ... Sgt. Garfield
Rick Zumwalt ... Bully in Bar
Rosalyn Marshall Rosalyn Marshall ... Lawrence's Secretary
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »


Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: We used to joke that being in the army was not a matter of life and death. It's more important than that.
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Alternate Versions

The European version and American version each contain different footage:
  • In the American version, Donna and Jay kiss longer, about ten seconds longer than the European version.
  • In the European version, the sex scene is much longer with Donna moving on top of Ray, about one minute longer than the American version.
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Connections

References Bullitt (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Hard Rockin'
Written by David Bellamy
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
Courtesy of Curb Records
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Murder At The Presidio
11 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Presidio See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,119,031, 12 June 1988

Gross USA:

$20,324,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,324,096
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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