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From the director of The Fugitive comes a brilliant, explosively entertaining action/thriller featuring powerful performances by OscarÂ(r) winners* Gene Hackman (Unforgiven) andTommy Lee Jones (Men in Black). Featuring a superb supporting cast that includes Dennis Franz ( N.Y.P.D. Blue ), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) and John Heard (The Pelican Brief), this'top-notch thriller (The Associated Press) really delivers! Sergeant Johnny Gallagher (Hackman) thinks he's been given a routine assignment: to escort a rebellious American soldier (Jones) from Europe to the U.S. for a military court martial. Gallagher soon learns, however, that the assignment is anything but routine, when he uncovers a terrifying military conspiracy. The clock is ticking down to a historic superpower summit, and Gallagher must stop the deadly plot before it's too late...for him and his country. *Gene Hackman: Actor, The French Connection (1971); Supporting Actor, Unforgiven (1992); Tommy Lee Jones: Supporting Actor, The Fugitive (1993)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Joanna Cassidy, John Heard, Dennis Franz
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Writers: John Bishop
  • Producers: Andrew Davis, Arne Schmidt, Beverly J. Camhe, Charles Newirth, Dennis Haggerty
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000035P5V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Package" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

When in Germany the movie seemed confusing as there were too many people to keep track of.
S. T. Peterson
The movie does bring to mind The Fugitive, though this film does not really provide as much entertainment.
L Gontzes
Very good cold war suspence film with typically good performances by Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones.
BobfromColorado

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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Ghostly on October 1, 2000
Format: DVD
Bravo MGM; you've managed yet again to screw up a great movie with a terrible DVD. -It's actually an ORION picture, and I'd hoped that they would've cared more about its appearance, but no such luck. Of my 100+ DVDs, this is one of the worst looking with dull colors and a fuzzy image. (Let's hope they're more careful with their upcoming Woody Allen ORION collection.) This is a rather oldfashioned straight-ahead action suspenser like they just don't make them anymore in Hollywood, but it's difficult to be thrilled about that when you know you can enjoy a much sharper version on TV. Hackman, Heard, Cassidy and Jones lead a good cast, but in order to see them clearly we desperately need a remastering of this otherwise wonderful movie. Until then, avoid like the plague.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By josegdc on September 1, 2011
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The package presents an interesting plot loosely based on the Kennedy asassination. The acting of Hackman, Cassidy and Jones is excellent. The suspense is almost unbearable and the end is very good. The action happens during the cold war and Hackman plays the role of a Special Forces Sergeant in charge of bringing a military prisoner played by Jones to the states to face court martial. Saying more would be given the movie in advance. Anyone interested in an excellent thriller must have this movie in his/her collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Galvin on February 11, 2002
Format: DVD
just saw an amazingly clean print of this on one of the national cable channels, first viewing since theatrical release. What struck me immediately were the similarities to The Fugitive, director Andrew Davis' later film, most notably the Chicago shooting locations, actors, and plot elements. There's the Hilton Towers' ballroom (locale of the medical-conference confrontation between Drs. Kimble and Sykes)! There's the bagpipe parade! There's Ron Dean (Fugitive's Detective Kelly "Now you all know in what high regard I hold this scumbag") as a cop! Regardless, The Package never really gels as a thriller--and the Cold War denouement plot is obviously dated--although Davis' directorial style (lots of medium and long shots, few closeups, harsh and gloomy light/color) always gets points for relying on the music score rather than hyperkinetic editing to build tension. But it is fun to watch Hackman and Jones together (even if they're not exactly chewing up scenes with their usual aplomb) and more fun to check out the late-80s hair (Joanna Cassidy's is piled high; Dennis Franz actually has some).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2005
Format: DVD
Somehow "The Package" seems to have become one of those films that fell through the cracks of the general public interest and has never received the credit it deserves as a top-notch action/thriller. With a cast featuring Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones you have two magnificent, veteran actors who play well off each other throughout. Hackman plays Career soldier Johnny Gallagher assigned to deliver a package from Berlin to the United States. The package just happens to be Thomas Boyette (Jones)who is a military prisoner.

Once returned to the states, Boyette manages to escape and now begins a cat and mouse game as Gallagher races to find the fugitive who turns out to be an assassin with plans on killing a Soviet Leader and breaking the cold war peace process. Boyette uses clever diguises to avoid capture as he plans his kill. Gallagher receives some much needed assistanc in the form of his ex-wife Eileen (Joanna Cassidy) and Dennis Franz playing yet another tough cop as Detective Milan. Pam Grier and John Heard round out the stellar cast.

Director Andrew Davis would direct Tommy Lee Jones in two more thrillers "under Siege" and "The Fugitive" and proves himself quite deft at handling action/thrillers and mixing between the intrigue and gunplay very well. Hackman is just always a joy to watch and brings such beleivability to every role he plays. This is a top-notch thriller!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on October 22, 2011
Format: DVD
The Package, 1989 film

The story begins in Berlin, Germany where a high level committee discusses a nuclear disarmament treaty. There is a situation from a couple found walking in a restricted zone. The police come by to arrest them. Afterwards an official car explodes on a highway. What is happening? Was there a failure to protect the perimeter? Later, in another case, Sergeant John Gallagher is given an assignment to escort a prisoner back to America for trial. At the airport Gallagher is attacked by Navy sailors and his prisoner escapes. The mystery here is that the real Walter Henke does not match the prisoner he was escorting? SNAFU or something worse? Can the Army be used to bring in an unknown man into the USA and bypass the usual security checks (no passport needed for military personnel). This person would disappear when his escort was attacked in the airport. We learn the American President and the Soviet Secretary will meet in Chicago to sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Will the Secret Team of conspirators use this man to 1) join a small ultra fascist organization, 2) get a job in a tall office building that overlooks the area where the President will visit, 3) join a peace group that demonstrates its support for the peace treaty. [Is this too complicated to happen in real life?] "Walter Henke" is shown as a puppet manipulated by hidden and powerful forces. Will the real Walter Henke be set up as a patsy to take the blame for the real gunman? Can this be just a work of fiction by some paranoid conspiracy theorist? Any resemblance to actual historical facts is purely coincidental; and they can't prove it.

A mistake by a low-level operative allows John Gallagher to escape from his detention and warn his wife and police detective friend.
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