The Presidio

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Hyams' Running Scared was a crime thriller about a pair of ill-matched cops, one black, the other white; this one is a crime thriller about a pair of ill-matched cops, one military, the other civilian: one can have too much of a goodish thing. Set on the eponymous San Francisco military base, it opens promisingly with a break-in at an officers' club culminating in the killing of a military policewoman, a car chase, and the shooting of a civilian cop. The resulting joint investigation teams seasoned, by-the-book military policeman Connery and young civilian cop Harmon. They have crossed swords before, and just to complicate things, Connery's daughter (Ryan) starts making advances to Harmon to wind up her dad. Meanwhile, the investigation dribbles along, with links between former CIA agents, Vietnam veterans, and a missing water bottle pointing to some kind of criminal conspiracy. As usual, Hyams makes good use of the locations, and stages the stunt sequences with great skill, but his handling of the romance and father/daughter conflicts is at best uncertain, at worst embarrassing.

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Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Hyams
Screenwriter: Larry Ferguson
Cast: Sean Connery
Mark Harmon
Meg Ryan
Jack Warden
Mark Blum
Dana Gladstone
Jenette Goldstein
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