The Presidio (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Presidio (1988)



Critic Consensus: The Presidio is too well-cast and competently directed to be truly painful, but action fans have no shortage of more compelling options.

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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 (30) | Top Critics (13)

I liked "The Presidio."

September 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If movies were ranked like the military, The Presidio would be a hapless recruit. It just marches off in too many directions.

September 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Connery alone is worth the price of a ticket.

September 6, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, "The Presidio" never progresses beyond its promising setup.

September 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Harmon... plays off the more experienced Connery and Ryan with a confidence that renders his inexperience in feature films beside the point.

September 6, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

''The Presidio'' becomes an object lesson in the essential interchangeability of genre conventions.

September 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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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