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).
The Package is a 1989 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”.
The Package (1989)
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Starring: Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Joanna Cassidy, John Heard, Dennis Franz, Pam Grier, Kevin Crowley, Ron Dean, Chelcie Ross, Joe Greco
Screenplay by: John Bishop
Production Design by: Michel Levesque
Cinematography by: Frank Tidy
Film Editing by: Billy Weber, Don Zimmerman
Costume Design by: Marilyn Vance
Set Decoration by: Rick Gentz
Art Direction by: Colleen Kennedy, Wynn Thomas
Music by: James Newton Howard
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: August 25, 1989