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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Glen Whitacre
Lt. Milan Delich
Walter Henke
Karl Richards
Nathan Davis ...
Soviet Press Secretary
Gen. Hopkins
Joe Greco ...
Gen. Carlson
Ike Pappas ...
Chicago Police Lieutenant
Michael Skewes ...


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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Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la caza del lobo rojo  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$10,647,219 (USA)

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When Boyette/Henke while dressed as a Priest, enters an elevated train stop. As he emerges from the stairs to the platform above, the public address system begins. Listen closely. The voice on the P.A. is Tommy Lee Jones. See more »


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 »


Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: I think you're going to prison, Walter.
Thomas Boyette: You don't know where I'm going.
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »


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Halfway decent
19 February 2002 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

A halfway decent "dry run" for the Andrew Davis repertory company that later surfaced in the same director's "The Fugitive' starring Harrison Ford. The story about "patsy" soldiers and an international assassination conspiracy is actually pretty good, until the usual string of preposterous occurrences help to bail protagonist Gene Hackman out of an impossible bind. Credibility is strained, then lost altogether when seriously wounded Chicago cop--played by Dennis Franz (who else?)--emerges from his hospital bed to help Hackman foil the bad guys. You know, if they thought about the endings with the attention to detail that they lavish on the big shootouts, they might actually have a chance to complete a good film.

Kevin Crowley is good in a major/minor role, preparing the way for his bit parts in "The Fugitive" and "Major League."

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