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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Butler
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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Gene Hackman is up against Tommy Lee Jones. Let the best man win! 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,851,673, 27 August 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Reni Santoni, and John Heard have each worked with Clint Eastwood. Santoni appeared in Dirty Harry (1971), Hackman worked with Eastwood twice on Unforgiven (1992), and Absolute Power (1997), Jones appeared in Space Cowboys (2000), and John Heard cameoed in In the Line of Fire (1993). See more »


When Gallagher grasps Whitacre at the station, he holds his coat in different ways depending on camera shot. See more »


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


Soul of the Land
Performed and Written by William Olvis
Published by William Olvis Music
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A very good thriller
30 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a very good movie. It has a strong story (which most of the today's movies lack of) and a good relationship between characters. I have seen it a dozen times at least but I still find it rewarding to watch although I know it by heart. I think this should say something about the quality of the film. If you haven't seen it, do it. You won't regret it.

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