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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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He's one man racing against time to stop the most explosive conspiracy in history. See more »


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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la caza del lobo rojo  »

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$10,647,219 (USA)
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The "christmas present" Walter Henke gets, the rifle - which is identical to Boyette's assassin weapon, of course - is indeed Austrian as Henke says, it's a Steyr AUG Bullpup 5.56mm universal rifle, manufactured by Steyr Mannlicher. See more »

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Towards the end of the film, the Russian/US leaders appear at an event at the University of Chicago. The University is correctly identified by the reporter, as is the fact that E. Fermi achieved the first self-sustaining reaction at the University. However, the reporter states that the leaders are meeting at the exact spot of this achievement, but the ceremony is clearly taking place in front of Lorado Taft's "Fountain of Time." Fermi's experiments took place under the old Stagg field, which was located two blocks north of the "Fountain" monument used in the film. The Regenstein Library now stands on the location on the sit of the self-sustaining reaction. See more »

Quotes

Soviet Colonel: [speaking in Russian] What's now?
Col. Glen Whitacre: [driver pulls over and stops car] Why are we stopping, Sergeant?
MP: Sorry sir, just checking the map.
[produces pistol and shoots both passengers dead]
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Performed and Written by William Olvis
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Not bad, but somehow predictable
28 March 2009 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

During this movie I had some fun to predict what will happen next. If you had watched (or read) many Thrillers with the Cold War as Topic it's quite easy. This movie is like a time travel back to 1980's. The music score was typical 80's as the photography of the action scenes. Not only the photography and the score were solid like all the actors. Gene Hackman was the leading cast next to Tommy Lee Jones, Dennis Franz, Pam Grier and Joanna Cassidy. Gene Hackman is more or the less the same character as he was in many other thrillers. This time he is a good U.S. Sgt. who had some bad luck in his life but is still good enough to fight against all enemies of the U.S. Tommy Lee Jones is playing a villain and he always was great in such Roles. Hopefully he is doing more roles like that again in the future.

The suspenseful final wasn't without flaws but overall I enjoyed "The Package". Not the best Cold War Thriller but entertaining enough.


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