The Package (1989 film)

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The Package
Cover of The Package.jpg
Directed by Andrew Davis
Produced by Beverly J. Camhe
Tobie Haggerty
Written by John Bishop
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Frank Tidy
Edited by Billy Weber
Don Zimmerman
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date
  • August 25, 1989 (1989-08-25)
Running time
108 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $10,647,219

The Package is a 1989 American political thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy and Tommy Lee Jones. Set during the Cold War, the film portrays an assassination conspiracy within both the U.S. and Soviet militaries. The Americans and Soviets are about to sign a disarmament treaty to completely eliminate nuclear weapons, but elements within each country's military are vehemently opposed to such a plan and determined to stop it at all costs. Roger Ebert awarded the film three stars out of four, calling it "smarter than most thrillers".[1]


Gene Hackman stars as Johnny Gallagher, a Special Forces Master Sergeant in the United States Army who is assigned to escort a prisoner, an Army deserter named Thomas Boyette (Tommy Lee Jones), from West Berlin back to the United States. When Boyette escapes, Gallagher pursues him and discovers that Boyette is actually a professional assassin hired to kill the leader of the Soviet Union (clearly resembling Mikhail Gorbachev) after a meeting in Chicago with the President of the United States. Gallagher is joined by his ex-wife Eileen (Joanna Cassidy), a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army, and Chicago police Lt. Milan Delich (Dennis Franz).


Production notes[edit]

Although the story takes place in Germany, Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia, and Chicago, the film was shot entirely in Chicago and at the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, Berlin.


The Package holds a 64% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews.[2]

Home video[edit]

The film was first released on VHS by Orion Home Video in 1989. It was re-released by MGM Home Entertainment in 1999, under the MGM Movie Time series. The film was finally released on DVD on January 18, 2000.


  1. ^ Roger Ebert (August 25, 1989). "The Package". 
  2. ^ The Package (1989), Rotten Tomatoes

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