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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:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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

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

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 »

Quotes

Eileen Gallagher: How do you know...?
Sgt. Johnny Gallagher: God damn it, I don't know! These people can be anybody they want to be! It scares the piss out of me!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Don't Know
Performed and Written by Richard Davis / Tony Brown / Wayne Stewart / Steve Grissette / Mark Ohlsen
Co-Published by Chi-Catz Music and S.E.G. Way
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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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