- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround - English
- Dolby Digital Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Additional Products:
- Collectible Behind-the-Scenes Booklet
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 08/25/1989
"...Director Andy Davis keeps his scenes jumping with pungent details, banter, edge-of-the-frame business sliding past fast....[The actors] are always interesting to watch..."
A United States Army sergeant unknowingly gets involved in a subversive plot while transporting a prisoner back to the U.S. from West Germany. But the prisoner escapes and the sergeant is joined by his ex-wife to clear his name and recapture this mysterious man.
After bungling an important security detail in Europe, Army officer Johnny Gallagher is assigned to escort a soldier to trial. After being jumped by thugs in a washroom, allowing the prisoner to escape, he begins to suspect that he has stumbled onto something big. He's not sure who's behind it, or why, but one thing's for sure: they're out to get him before he figures it out.
- "The Package" (1989) is the first collaboration between director Andrew Davis and actor Tommy Lee Jones, followed by "Under Siege" (1992) and "The Fugitive" (1993).
- Estimated budget $12 million.
- Shot on location at the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin, Germany, and Chicago, Illinois, in Astro color, beginning December 12, 1988. DeLuxe prints.
- Screened at the 1989 London Film Festival.
- Released in North America August 25, 1989. Released on video February 22, 1990.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Reviewed in New York Times August 25, 1989, and Monthly Film Bulletin June 1990.
- Additional cast: Kevin Crowley (Walter Henke) and Reporter Ike Pappas played himself.
- Additional credits: Murray Deutch and Stu Cantor (music supervisors), Cinema Research Corporation (titles and opticals), and Jay Johnson (main title design).
- Richard Davis, Tony Brown, Wayne Stewart, Mark Ohlsen, and Steve Grissette wrote and performed the song "I Don't Know" and Corelli wrote "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
- The film is dedicated to the fond memory of James A. Riccio.
- Copyright 1989 Orion Pictures Corporation.