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The Package (1989)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  25 August 1989 (USA)
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Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.

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Johnny Gallagher, a sergeant, is sent from Germany with a prisoner. The prisoner escapes from the men's room at National Airport and Hackman begins his search for his man. Enlisting the help of his ex-wife and various old friends, he finds that the prisoner is part of a plot by senior military personnel on both sides to kill a very high-ranking world figure in order to sabotage arms control talks. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A la caza del lobo rojo  »

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$10,647,219 (USA)
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Kris Kristofferson campaigned hard to get the role of the Airborne Ranger that went to Tommy Lee Jones. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie the arrested soldier has his uniform on when being escorted out of the room, but outdoors through undone coat only his shirt is visible. See more »

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Lt. Milan Delich: [putting his sleeping child down on a couch] I've gotta stop feeding that kid.
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Performed and Written by Richard Davis / Tony Brown / Wayne Stewart / Steve Grissette / Mark Ohlsen
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Intriguing cold war movie with the timing a little off
21 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tommy Lee Jones is "The Package," a prisoner that Gene Hackman is returning to the United States from Germany in this 1989 film also starring Joanna Cassidy, Dennis Franz and John Heard. The United States and the Soviet Union are in the midst of delicate peace negotiations, but there are factions of the military who don't want to see it happen. Jones is Tommy Boyette, their hired assassin who, through an intricate plot, is supposed to kill the soviet premier. Boyette escapes via a mens room while the Hackman character, Johnny Gallagher, is returning him to the states. Gallagher starts investigating; it's not long before he's uncovered the plot.

This is a very good movie with some exciting sequences and lots of tension, as Gallagher finds himself and everyone around him in tremendous danger as he figures out what's going on. He has the help of his ex-wife (Joanna Cassidy) who is in the military, and a Chicago police officer, played by Dennis Franz.

The problem with this film is in its timing - it was released in August 1989 in the U.S., and in November of that year, the Berlin Wall came down, rendering the film dated -- and it had only been released in two countries by then. It's nevertheless a well-acted, well-directed film. Seen today, it holds up better as a story set in the past than it did a story set in a present that was changing dramatically.


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