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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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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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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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$10,647,219 (USA)
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Trivia

The "christmas present" Walter Henke gets, the rifle - which is identical to Boyette's assassin weapon, of course - is indeed Austrian as Henke says, it's a Steyr AUG Bullpup 5.56mm universal rifle, manufactured by Steyr Mannlicher. It is the standard service rifle with several militaries including the Austrian Army, Australian Army, and the Irish Defence Forces. See more »

Goofs

Toward the start of the movie, right after the shooting of the general in his car, as the assassins start driving off, while Gene Hackman and his soldiers are shooting at them, you can plainly see the camera and two operators next to the car for about twelve frames. See more »

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Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: I lost my package
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Soul of the Land
Performed and Written by William Olvis
Published by William Olvis Music
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Not bad, but somehow predictable
28 March 2009 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

During this movie I had some fun to predict what will happen next. If you had watched (or read) many Thrillers with the Cold War as Topic it's quite easy. This movie is like a time travel back to 1980's. The music score was typical 80's as the photography of the action scenes. Not only the photography and the score were solid like all the actors. Gene Hackman was the leading cast next to Tommy Lee Jones, Dennis Franz, Pam Grier and Joanna Cassidy. Gene Hackman is more or the less the same character as he was in many other thrillers. This time he is a good U.S. Sgt. who had some bad luck in his life but is still good enough to fight against all enemies of the U.S. Tommy Lee Jones is playing a villain and he always was great in such Roles. Hopefully he is doing more roles like that again in the future.

The suspenseful final wasn't without flaws but overall I enjoyed "The Package". Not the best Cold War Thriller but entertaining enough.


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