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The Package (1989)

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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Col. Glen Whitacre
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Walter Henke
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Karl Richards
Nathan Davis ...
Soviet Press Secretary
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Gen. Hopkins
Joe Greco ...
Gen. Carlson
Ike Pappas ...
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Marth
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Chicago Police Lieutenant
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Storyline

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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Gene Hackman is up against Tommy Lee Jones. Let the best man win! See more »


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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la caza del lobo rojo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,851,673 (USA) (27 August 1989)

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$10,647,219 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the story is set in various places around the world, nearly all of the film (including scenes set in Washington and Germany) were filmed in the area of director Andrew Davis' home town of Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Goofs

Col. Glen Whitacre wears a "garrison cap", whose visor is without embroidered golden leaves ("scrambled eggs"). In the U.S. Army, "field-grade" commanders (Maj., L/Col., Col.) and above, have golden leaves garnishing their cap visors. "Company-grade" commanders (2/Lt., 1/Lt., Cpt.,) have no such garnishment.. If it were part of the plot, Col. Whitacre could be charged with being "out-of-uniform". See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: Why would he want to smuggle himself in?
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Soul of the Land
Performed and Written by William Olvis
Published by William Olvis Music
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Gene Hackman makes a good thriller even better
14 August 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Gene Hackman is great in this good political thriller that has plenty of action, twists and surprises as he races against time to thwart an assassination attempt. The target of the hit is the Russian premier who's scheduled to visit Chicago and sign the disarmament treaty with the President that would end the threat of nuclear war. The movie takes off when Hackman's prisoner escapes from a Washington airport and sets in motion the events that lead to the picture's tense payoff. Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones have great chemistry between them during their brief screen time, and most of the film is about Hackman and Joanne Cassidy hunting for Jones while staying out of harm's way as unknown killers hunt them down. Dennis Franz and Thalmus Rasulala are good in supporting roles as the chase scenes intensify against the backdrop of Chicago's skyscrapers and downtown areas.


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