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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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Ruth Butler
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Walter Henke
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Soviet Press Secretary
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Gen. Carlson
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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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He's one man racing against time to stop the most explosive conspiracy in history. See more »


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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la caza del lobo rojo  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$10,647,219
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the beginning, a car pulls up in front of a two storey house, and the occupant races up to the third floor. 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 Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
By Corelli / Jacobs Music
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Decent Cold War thriller
11 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

A decent thriller with a fairly convoluted plot. This far removed from the Cold War, it's hard to remember what a threat the Soviet Union was, the incredible evil which she served as vanguard. This film was fairly leftish, seeing accommodation with the USSR as the ultimate good, and confrontation as the ultimate bad. (Sort of a hangover from the demonstrably dumb Nuclear Freeze Movement of the mid '80's) Must have been embarrassing three years later. Tommy Lee Jones and Dennis Franz were totally adequate here. Pam Grier seemed a lot more professional, and a lot prettier, than in the blaxploitation stuff I remember her from. And Joanna Cassidy was great. She played her role intense and low-key at the same time. And what can you say about Gene Hackman. Amazing, the career he's had, looking like that. He is the consummate professional actor, and of course, he had to be. I've never seen him in ANY role that he didn't pull off with seeming effortlessness. (Although I will say, that seeing him in the car scenes seemed to almost be a teensy bit of a self-parody) But some of the plot were a bit big. This one is worth checking out on cable, or a Netflix rental.


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