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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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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)  »

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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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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: Terrorists sir? They were pretty well organized. It was like a military operation.
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
By Corelli / Jacobs Music
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A neat one
6 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a taut political thriller about the Cold War made and released just at the last moment, in 1989, after which these stories became passé. Gene Hackman plays a U.S. Army sergeant who becomes enmeshed in an international political and military conspiracy to prevent a peace treaty between the USA and the Soviet Union, and he and his wife, a U.S. Army Lieutenant-Colonel (played by Joanna Cassidy), have to run for their lives. On the one hand, they are trying to solve the conspiracy, but on the other hand they are trying to dodge all the nasty assassins who want to kill them. The film is well directed by Andrew Davis, who has directed numerous thriller and action films, such as the remake of the old TV series, the Harrison Ford version of THE FUGITIVE (1993). John Heard is icy cold as a scheming colonel who really works for the CIA. There is much attention given in this film to the CIA special ops people who are 'plants' inside the police, inside the Army, deeply throated and everywhere. Tommy Lee Jones plays the action villain, an expert sniper who doesn't care whom he kills as long as the pay is good. Dennis Franz plays Hackman's old chum from the Chicago Police who helps try to solve the conspiracy. The film is mostly set in Chicago, and the plan is to assassinate both the American president and the Russian leader who looks like Gorbachev. It is a nail-biting thriller, just the thing not to help you relax.


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