The Presidio (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Presidio (1988)




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Set in San Francisco, this murder mystery follows a detective who returns to a military base to solve a murder. Once there, he ends up clashing with his old enemy, the base commander. Real trouble brews when the commander's daughter falls in love with the detective.

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Mark Harmon
as Jay Austin
Sean Connery
as Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell
Meg Ryan
as Donna Caldwell
Jack Warden
as Sgt. Maj. Ross Maclure
Mark Blum
as Arthur Peale
Dana Gladstone
as Col. Paul Lawrence
Jenette Goldstein
as Patti Jean Lynch
Don Calfa
as Howard Buckely
Robert Lesser
as Sgt. Moeller
Curtis W. Sims
as Sgt. Garfield
Rick Zumwalt
as Bully in Bar
Larry Flash Jenkins
as M.P., Dutton
Jesse D. Goins
as M.P., Bygrave
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson
as Pilot at Travis A.F.B.
Kim Robillard
as M.P., Mitchell
Michael Strasser
as M.P., Stillwell
Tracy Tanen
as Peale's Receptionist
Ron Cummins
as Maintenance Man
John Allen Vick
as Post Commander
Michael Fosberg
as Captain Gordon
Joe Hart
as Bully's Bar Pal ("Arrowhead")
Ruth de Sosa
as Teacher
Peter Fitzsimmons
as Patrolman Schmidt
Pete Antico
as Patrolman Dotson
Peter Kwong
as Squad Room Officer
Bob Delegall
as Squad Room Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for The Presidio

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

The whole movie has the feeling of a clone, of a film assembled out of spare parts from other movies, out at the cinematic junkyard.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

...the film benefits substantially from Connery's typically magnetic performance and the sporadic inclusion of unexpectedly engrossing sequences...

July 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The action scenes are great.

May 31, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Peter Hyams' strong direction and Connery's commanding presence make this handsome-looking action-thriller worth seeing.

October 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Good thriller, but it suffers from '80s virus called the Mopes - it stutters on long, arduous sessions of depression while going absolutely nowhere.

August 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Presidio

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

Tom Ericksen
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
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
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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