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. Both Hackman and Jones are excellent in reprising familiar roles. Hackman is never better than when portraying the decent man in a precarious position, and Jones plays Boyette with the same cunning and intelligence that he brought to The Executioner's Song. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Gene Hackman
as Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
Joanna Cassidy
as Eileen Gallagher
Tommy Lee Jones
as Thomas Boyette
John Heard
as Col. Glen Whitacre
Kevin Crowley
as Walter Henke
Anatoly Davydov
as Col. Gregor Malekov
Chelcie Ross
as Gen. Thomas Hopkins
Dennis Franz
as Milan Delich
Pam Grier
as Ruth Butler
Ron Dean
as Karl Richards
Nathan Davis
as Soviet Press Secretary
Ike Pappas
as Himself
Joe V. Greco
as Gen. Robert Carlson
Reni Santoni
as Chicago Police Lieutenant
Thalmus Rasulala
as Secret Service Commmander
Joe Guzaldo
as Press Secretary Rogers
Wilhelm von Homburg
as West Berlin Police Lieutenent
Allen Hamilton
as American General
Greg Noonan
as Command Post Commander
Katherine Lynch
as Henke's Wife
Mary Seibel
as Henke's Mother
Joe D. Lauck
as Sen. Bruce
Dick Cusak
as Secretary of State
Boris Leskin
as Soviet Foreign Minister
Danny Goldring
as Undercover Bum
Jack Kandel
as Soldier with Orders
Nick Kusenko
as Gen. Carlson's Aide
Tina Gloschenko
as Henke's Girl Friend
Henry Godinez
as Lock-up Police Officer
Kathryn Joosten
as Waitress
Oksana Fedunszyn
as Eileen's Secretary
Ralph Foody
as Building Manager
Mike Bacarella
as Paramedic
Steve Barbo
as Hotel Police Officer
Eddie B. Smith
as Ft. Belvoir Duty MP
Greg Goossen
as Soldier in Provost Marshal's Office
Dennis Cockrum
as Computer Technician
Dick Cusack
as Secretary of State
Ivory Ocean
as Washington, DC, Police Officer
Metta Davis
as Washington, DC, Witness
Alex Ross Perry
as Liquor Store Clerk
Nancy Baird
as Milan's Wife
Otto von Wernherr
as East German Army Lieutenant
John W. Hardy
as Sky Cap
Hilda McLean
as Old German Woman
Leon Samoilovich
as Soviet Security Agent
John D'Amico
as Soviet General Secretary
Oksana Fedunyszyn
as Eileen's Secretary
Ray Allen
as United States President
Phillip Prerost
as Hospital Police Officer
Jack Gold
as Governor
Michael James
as Nazi Goon
Dr. Christine Cassel
as Speaker at Governors Conference
Mik Scriba
as Thug
Michael Tomlinson
as Johnny's Field Soldier
Cody Glenn
as Johnny's Field Soldier
Harry Lennix
as Johnny's Field Soldier
Carlos Sanz
as Johnny's Field Soldier
Dianne Timmerman
as Female Backpacker
Charles Mueller
as Male Backpacker
William Musyka
as Soviet General
Gary Berkovich
as Soviet General
Harry Teinowitz
as Command Post Soldier
Don James
as Command Post Soldier
Gary Goldman
as Command Post Soldier
Will Zahrn
as Nazi Goon
Gene Barge
as Secret Service Agent
Walter Markley
as Secret Service Agent
Dmitri Polytnsev
as Translator
Lana Berkovich
as Translator
Billy Bosco
as Milan's Son
Chad Smith
as Milan's Son
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Critic Reviews for The Package

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Smarter than most contemporary thrillers.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The best in mindless entertainment.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Gripping little thriller with dependable Hackman in charge.

February 10, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Decent thriller.

May 12, 2005
Denton Record-Chronicle

Style and drive are everything in movies that have storylines that don't hold up to scrutiny, and The Package is as flat and bland as they come.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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August 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Package

Andrew Davis' first film. The director would go one to direct The Fugitive among others. Here we see just how much talent Davis has. Before he came on board as director the movie had the makings of a forgettable political thriller that world only have a spot at the bottom of Wal-mart's five dollar bin. But what we have is a well done and enjoyable film about the end of the cold war and a fictional plot to kill a american political figure.

Robert Gates
Robert Gates

I somehow missed this when it came out. Worth watching for the period it takes place and a fine role for Gene Hackman. Wish it didn't contain 80s style music score and again military officers/noncomms with hair exceedingly out of regulation hair cuts. But those are my only two nits with the movie; pretty convincing for 80s era between Vietnam and Desert Shield and plausible plot

Steve Hartline
Steve Hartline

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
Danny Rovira

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