The Package (1989)

R  |   |  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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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 <>

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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  »

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$10,647,219 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 the director's home town, Chicago. See more »


When the President and the Soviet leader are introduced at the Chicago gathering, the Soviet leader is identified as the "General Secretary of the Soviet Union". His correct title is General Secretary of the Communist Party. See more »


Lt. Milan Delich: [putting his sleeping child down on a couch] I've gotta stop feeding that kid.
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »


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Performed and Written by Richard Davis / Tony Brown / Wayne Stewart / Steve Grissette / Mark Ohlsen
Co-Published by Chi-Catz Music and S.E.G. Way
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19 October 2002 | by (Riehen, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

It´s the second time that I watched it on DVD and at the end I have still some open questions. This movie takes especially in the first third your full attention. The story is a good idea but there are some scenes that are turned too quickly. Perhaps there are too many characters in the movie that plays all an important key role. All in all it´s an entertaining film but enjoy it only when you are not too tired. For these reasons I gave 6/10.

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