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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.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writer:

John Bishop
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
Joanna Cassidy ... Eileen Gallagher
Tommy Lee Jones ... Thomas Boyette
John Heard ... Col. Glen Whitacre
Dennis Franz ... Lt. Milan Delich
Pam Grier ... Ruth Butler
Kevin Crowley ... Walter Henke
Ron Dean ... Karl Richards
Nathan Davis ... Soviet Press Secretary
Chelcie Ross ... Gen. Hopkins
Joe Greco Joe Greco ... Gen. Carlson
Ike Pappas Ike Pappas ... Self
Marco St. John ... Marth
Reni Santoni ... Chicago Police Lieutenant
Michael Skewes Michael Skewes ... MP
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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 »


Certificate:

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Trivia

John Heard, Ralph Foody, and D. Danny Warhol all appeared in Home Alone (1990). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, a car pulls up in front of a two story house, and the occupant races up to the third floor. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: I know it's asking a hell of a lot...
Lt. Milan Delich: Sure is.
Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: I understand if you don't want to help...
Lt. Milan Delich: No, I-I didn't say that. But I've got eighteen years invested here, and you come walking up out of my past, like saying that the one year we spent in country is all that counts... and I agree with you.
[chuckles]
Lt. Milan Delich: And that's, like, some kind of weird shit.
Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: Thanks.
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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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Gene Hackman makes a good thriller even better
14 August 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

Gene Hackman is great in this good political thriller that has plenty of action, twists and surprises as he races against time to thwart an assassination attempt. The target of the hit is the Russian premier who's scheduled to visit Chicago and sign the disarmament treaty with the President that would end the threat of nuclear war. The movie takes off when Hackman's prisoner escapes from a Washington airport and sets in motion the events that lead to the picture's tense payoff. Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones have great chemistry between them during their brief screen time, and most of the film is about Hackman and Joanne Cassidy hunting for Jones while staying out of harm's way as unknown killers hunt them down. Dennis Franz and Thalmus Rasulala are good in supporting roles as the chase scenes intensify against the backdrop of Chicago's skyscrapers and downtown areas.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Package See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,851,673, 27 August 1989

Gross USA:

$10,647,219

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,647,219
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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