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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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Walter Henke
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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  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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

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 »

Goofs

The assassinated Brigadier General (in the beginning of the movie) is out of uniform. His haircut is too long and his rank insignia is only for battle dress and is placed in the wrong position. General officers are require to wear their stars in the middle of the epaulet. This distinguishes them from the other officers who are required to wear their insignia on the outside edge of the epaulet. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: Who the hell knows what is the truth and what is a lie?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Don't Know
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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Cold War Conspiracy
11 September 2016 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland,UK) – See all my reviews

The Package is an enjoyable conspiratorial cold war thriller. I was extremely excited to watch when I discovered Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones were in it as I rate them both very highly. Hackman was excellent

  • thoroughly believable and accomplished. I thought Tommy Lee Jones was


actually pretty unremarkable in this - perhaps because the nature of his character required some discretion for dramatic purposes. I always enjoy a standout performance from someone I haven't seen much or any of before. This time around it was Dennis Franz. I thought he was excellent and brought the movie back to life when it was starting to tire. Expect some twists and turns and also expect a few almost laughable moments that weren't needed. But overall it is a decent thriller with a couple of great performances notching it up a level from bang average. One criticism would also be the pace. I felt it lag a couple of times and almost lost interest - but the pieces came together eventually and it managed to reach its dramatic conclusion.


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