The Presidio (1988)




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San Francisco detective Jay Austin (Mark Harmon) is assigned to investigate the murder of a female MP at the 212-year-old Presidio army base in this crime drama. Jay must interview Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell (Sean Connery), his former commander from his military days. The two must overcome their past and present differences to track down the killer as they manage to stumble across a smuggling operation relating to the murder. Jay falls for Caldwell's pretty daughter Donna (Meg Ryan), who proves … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Ferguson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 1999
Paramount Home Video


as Jay Austin

as Lt. Col. Alan Caldwe...

as Donna Caldwell

as Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclu...

as Arthur Peale

as Col. Paul Lawrence

as Patti Jean Lynch

as Howard Buckely

as Sgt. Moeller

as Sgt. Garfield

as Pilot at Travis A.F....

as Bully in Bar

as M.P., Dutton

as M.P., Bygrave

as Pilot at Travis A.F....

as M.P., Mitchell

as Gloria

as M.P., Stillwell

as Peale's Receptionist

as Maintenance Man

as Post Commander

as Captain Gordon

as Bully's Bar Pal ("Ar...

as Teacher

as Patrolman Schmidt

as Patrolman Dotson

as Squad Room Officer

as Squad Room Lieutenan...

as Workman

as Detective Marvin Pow...
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Critic Reviews for The Presidio

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Presidio

One of Mark Harmon's best kept secrets -- It must've been grand working with Dean Connery

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer


Fantastic murder mystery with police detective Mark Harmon and military provost marshal Sean Connery investigating a murder on military base. Forgot the plot and enjoy seeing Connery excel in a tailor-made role.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Cop investigates murder blah blah clashes with military ho hum falls for daughter yadda yadda. Harmon and Ryan make a dreary and unconvincing couple, and the cliched plot barely holds the attention. Peter Hyams is normally a reliable popcorn movie maker, but this is pretty feeble stuff.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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