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The Presidio (1988)

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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
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James Hooks Reynolds ...
George Spota
Curtis W. Sims ...
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Rosalyn Marshall ...
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

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

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$20,036,242
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Trivia

"The Presidio", which features prominently at the start of the film, hardly appears at all in the rest of the movie. See more »

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In the title sequence you see a Nimitz classes aircraft carrier putting to sea going under the Golden Gate Bridge, this shot being taken from the north side of the bridge. In the next cut you see a Nimitz classes aircraft carrier putting into San Fransisco, this can be deduced as the shot has the Presidio in the foreground, which is at the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the ship is moving left to right See more »

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Jay Austin: The reason why I'm here is because I'm interested in you, not your father.
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Moonlight Becomes You
Written by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Every reviewer before me is narrow minded!
5 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I thought this movie was great! Peter Hyams proves again that he is both a talented director and cinematographer, and this movie is a perfect showcase for his talents.

Sure this movie is basically a rip off of the LETHAL WEAPON formula, but wasn't THAT movie a rip off of 48 HRS. as well? You can't complain about the movie being poorly written, because I've seen movies worse then this get Academy Awards!

I probably like the movie because of Sean Connery and Mark Harmon's chemistry, as well as all the cool chase scenes (the opening chase through the streets of San Francisco is one of the best ever filmed!) True, Meg Ryan is virtually wasted in this movie, but what did you expect? This movie was from 1988, years before SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE made her famous, so she was lucky she even got a role in it!

All in all, I recommend it to anyone who likes the 80's buddy cop genre (BLACK RAIN, TANGO AND CASH, LETHAL WEAPON, etc). And for those of you before me who bad talked it, lighten up! It's not like this movie was boring or anything. If you don't like, don't ruin it for those of us who do!


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