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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$10,647,219
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Although the story is set in various places around the world, nearly all of the film (including scenes set in Washington and Germany) were filmed in the area of director Andrew Davis' home town of Chicago, Illinois. See more »

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Toward the beginning of the movie, the Brig. General steps outside of the summit without his cover on. Military personnel are always "covered" (wearing a hat) while outdoors. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: [to Col. Whitacre] You and I, we're in separate armies, pal - but you're out in the light now, and I'm gonna see you get stepped on!
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Soul of the Land
Performed and Written by William Olvis
Published by William Olvis Music
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basic scheme doesn't make sense
8 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Johnny Gallagher (Gene Hackman) is a sergeant guarding the peace negotiation in Germany with his men. They get attacked by a well organized group. Col. Glen Whitacre (John Heard) blames him for the failure as well as the failed hostage rescue in Iran. He suspects a group is aiming to assassin the President. Gallagher is ordered to take a prisoner (the package) disorderly sergeant Walter Henke (Tommy Lee Jones) back to the States. Henke escapes from the men's room at the airport with the help of several accomplices. Gallagher discovers that the man isn't actually Walter Henke. He enlists his ex-wife Eileen (Joanna Cassidy)'s help. Henke's wife is killed by an assassin and Gallagher is detained. Eileen discovers the package's true identity is Thomas Boyette. There is a conspiracy from both militaries to stop the treaty. Gallagher and Eileen enlists his old friend Chicago Police Lieutenant Milan Delich (Dennis Franz)'s help.

The basic scheme doesn't make too much sense. It seems to be way too complicated and it would be simpler to leave Gallagher out of it. If they want Henke as the patsy, then they need to kill Gallagher at the airport or use one of their own men to transport Boyette. It's obvious the scheme is fashioned after the premise of Hackman and TLJ is hatched by the writer. By letting Gallagher go at the airport, he's obviously going to look and find out that the prisoner isn't actually Henke. The story needs a few more passes to iron out these problems. If one turns off the brain, this thriller goes on auto pilot and does a good job with that. Hackman is always capable in these kinds of tense thrillers. As a historical oddity, the movie was released at around the same time that the people were circumventing the Berlin Wall signaling the end of the Cold War. The movie is overtaken by history just as it was released.


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