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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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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 ... Himself
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:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Entrega Mortal See more »

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Box Office

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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Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kris Kristofferson campaigned hard to get the role of Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette. See more »

Goofs

When they shoot Henke, the patsy, and leave a rifle across his lap. That rifle would not have the fired cartridges fired missing from the magazine. Nor would it have the correct rifling pattern on the bullets or the correct firing pin and ejector marks on the casings. They'd also have to police the spent casings to put with Henke, which can be hard to find since auto-loading rifles can fling them quite far. The Steyr AUG used has a quick change barrel, it would be easy to pull the barrel from the assassin's rifle and place it in the patsy's rifle. Same with the magazine, so it would show the correct number of fired cartridges missing. Only the ejector and firing pin markings would be different. That's a lot work, so it would have just been easier to use the rifle Henke touched and then replace it later so it had his prints on it. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: Why would he want to smuggle himself in?
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Tommy Lee Jones (1993) See more »

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Soul of the Land
Performed and Written by William Olvis
Published by William Olvis 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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