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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 ... 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:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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' hometown of Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie the arrested soldier has his uniform on when being escorted out of the room, but outdoors through undone coat only his shirt is visible. See more »

Quotes

Col. Glen Whitacre: There hasn't been a world war in over forty years, Sergeant! You ever wonder why? Because of nuclear weapons. We want them, the Soviets want them.
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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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Offers no surprises, but entertains in capable fashion.
28 December 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Gene Hackman plays Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher; stationed in Germany, he receives the order to escort a habitually rebellious soldier (Tommy Lee Jones) back to the States for a court-martial. When the soldier, or "package", escapes from him, Johnny realizes that some sort of master conspiracy is going on, and that he basically got used. With both police and the military after him, he will be able to rely on just a select few people for assistance, including his ex-wife Eileen (who is herself in the military), and his old friend Milan Delich (Dennis Franz), a lieutenant with the Chicago P.D.

Somewhat under rated, among the scattering of classics on director Andrew Davis' resume, "The Package" is a slick conspiracy thriller melding themes of political intrigue and paranoia. Written by John Bishop, it's not a great story at all, but it is pretty entertaining. Even this viewer had an idea fairly early on where the story was headed, and it didn't exactly prove him wrong.

Still, it's pretty easy to watch, thanks to typically sharp direction by Davis, efficient pacing, and excellent use of both German and Chicago locations. The Windy City was Davis' old stamping ground, and he uses a number of his repertory players (you'll certainly recognize some of them). Hackman is an engaging hero, and he and the effervescent Cassidy do have some nice chemistry. Jones, in the first of his three collaborations with Davis, gets to have some fun, and be somewhat enigmatic; his character is a total mercenary, yet you never really learn much about him. Franz has one of his best feature film roles, and is allowed to head into the final battle right at Hackmans' side. Pam Grier and Reni Santoni are somewhat under utilized, but John Heard, Kevin Crowley, Ron Dean, Nathan Davis (Andrews' father), Chelcie Ross, Joe Greco, and Marco St. John comprise a very fine supporting cast. Heard, in particular, exudes pompous villainy in a subtle way. You don't see him chewing on the scenery.

All in all, good fun, although it's the kind of thing that might not hold up to any intense scrutiny from the viewer.

Seven out of 10.


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