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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
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Gen. Carlson
Ike Pappas ...
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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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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  »

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$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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Trivia

One of three movies Tommy Lee Jones made with director Andrew Davis, with the other two being Under Siege (1992) and The Fugitive (1993). See more »

Goofs

While Gallagher is cuffed around a pillar he's able to bash his captor's head into it, using his cuffed hands. His cuffs could not possibly be long enough to go around his captor's body for this to happen. See more »

Quotes

Col. Glen Whitacre: There hasn't been a world war in over forty years, Sergeant! You ever wonder why? Because of nuclear weapons. We want them, the Soviets want them.
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Connections

Referenced in The Package: Interview with Joanna Cassidy (2014) 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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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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