The Package

The Package Information

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".


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 after a meeting in Chicago with the president of the United States. Gallagher is joined by his ex-wife Eileen, a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the US Army (Joanna Cassidy) and Chicago police Lt. Milan Delich (Dennis Franz).

The plot is actually very derivative of Frederick Forsyth's novel, Day of the Jackal (1971), describing a fictional attempt on French President Charles de Gaulle.


  • Gene Hackman as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Johnny Gallagher
  • Joanna Cassidy as U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Eileen Gallagher
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Thomas Boyette
  • John Heard as U.S. Army Colonel Glen Whitacre
  • Dennis Franz as Chicago Police Lieutenant Milan Delich
  • Pam Grier as U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ruth Butler
  • Reni Santoni as Chicago Police Lieutenant
  • Ike Pappas as himself

Production notes

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

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