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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

Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title referred to the Presidio Army Base. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: [to Julius] Now why don't you ask him how he won the Medal of Honor?
Sgt. Major Ross Maclure: How old are you, Julius?
Julius: Eight.
Sgt. Major Ross Maclure: You want to live to be nine?
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell: Obviously he didn't win it for charm.
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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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Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
Written by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen
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User Reviews

 
Better-than-average thriller
22 August 2001 | by jhazelett72See 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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