The Package (1989)


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The Package, a thriller involving political assassination and intrigue, is an excellent action feature using a familiar theme and providing good performances by the cast. Boyette (Tommy Lee Jones) is a prisoner entrusted to Gallagher (Gene Hackman) for transportation back to the United States. Boyette escapes and Gallagher must find him. In doing so, Gallagher finds himself getting into far more than he had bargained for as he becomes involved in a political assignation plot that he must stop. … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Bishop (II), John Bishop
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
Orion Home Video


as Sgt. Johnny Gallaghe...

as Eileen Gallagher

as Thomas Boyette

as Col. Glen Whitacre

as Walter Henke

as Col. Gregor Malekov

as Gen. Thomas Hopkins

as Milan Delich

as Ruth Butler

as Karl Richards

as Soviet Press Secreta...

as Gen. Robert Carlson

as Himself

as Chicago Police Lieut...

as Secret Service Commm...

as Press Secretary Roge...

as West Berlin Police L...

as American General

as Command Post Command...

as Henke's Wife

as Henke's Mother

as Sen. Bruce

as Secretary of State

as Soviet Foreign Minis...

as Undercover Bum

as Soldier with Orders

as Gen. Carlson's Aide

as Henke's Girl Friend

as Lock-up Police Offic...

as Eileen's Secretary

as Building Manager

as Paramedic

as Hotel Police Officer

as Ft. Belvoir Duty MP

as Soldier in Provost M...

as Computer Technician

as Secretary of State

as Washington, DC, Po...

as Washington, DC, Wi...

as Liquor Store Clerk

as Milan's Wife

as East German Army Lie...

as Old German Woman

as Soviet Security Agen...

as Soviet General Secre...

as Eileen's Secretary

as United States Presid...

as Hospital Police Offi...

as Governor

as Ft. Belvoir Duty MP

as Nazi Goon

as Speaker at Governors...

as Johnny's Field Soldi...

as Johnny's Field Soldi...

as Johnny's Field Soldi...

as Johnny's Field Soldi...

as Female Backpacker

as Male Backpacker

as Soviet General

as Soviet General

as Command Post Soldier

as Command Post Soldier

as Command Post Soldier

as Nazi Goon

as Secret Service Agent

as Secret Service Agent

as Translator

as Translator

as Milan's Son

as Milan's Son

as Liquor Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Package

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Smarter than most contemporary thrillers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The best in mindless entertainment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Gripping little thriller with dependable Hackman in charge.

February 10, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Package

Good conspiracy thriller film that seemed dated even when it came out, with Gene Hackman caught up in a plot on Gorbachev's life.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A compelling and enormously satisfying political thriller, About a career officer sergeant Johnny Gallagher played by Gene Hackman in a marvelous performance who thinks he has been assigned a routine mission to escort a rebellious American soldier played by Tommy Lee Jones in a solid performance from Europe to the United States for a military court martial. Gallagher soon learns that the soldier that he brought from Europe, who has just escape from his charged is man with a different identity, he also discovers a sinister military conspiracy involving a deadly assassination plot against the president of the United States at a historic superpower summit. Gallagher must act now before it is too late. Tension and suspense runs high throughout the film thanks the expert scripting by John Bishop and the brilliant direction by Andrew Davis. Tremendous supporting performances by Joanna Cassidy, John Heard, Dennis Franz, and Pam Grier. One terrific movie! Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer

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