The Package

The Package

Director: Andrew Davis Cast: Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Tommy Lee Jones
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The Package

Andrew Davis's The Package was one of the neatest thrillers of the last 20 years, complex, well-paced, unpretentious, and economically put together, with a half-dozen first-rate performances at its core. MGM has thought enough of the movie to issue it as a two-sided disc, containing an enhanced letterboxed 1.85-to-1 image on one side and a standard full-screen image on the other, and an insert with unusually full annotation. That's better treatment than the movie ever got when it was out on laserdisc from Orion (who originally produced it); the letterboxed version loses picture material at the top and bottom of the screen, but frames the action in a more claustrophobic and manner that adds to the inherent tension of the story; either side of this DVD looks better than that laserdisc, and this is also one of the better sounding digital discs of its era. The 32 chapters also demonstrate just how much effort someone put into producing this disc, which is one of the bigger bargains on the market -- the only thing it doesn't have is a narrative track by Andrew Davis, who certainly rates one. The original trailer (presented full-screen) is also available, and there's an optional French langauge track or subtitles, for those who can use them.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2000
UPC: 0027616799623
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:48:00

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Sgt. Johnny Gallagher
Joanna Cassidy Lt. Col. Eileen Gallagher
Tommy Lee Jones Thomas Boyette
John Heard Col. Glen Whitacre
Dennis Franz Milan Delich
Pam Grier Ruth Butler
Kevin Crowley Walter Henke
Reni Santoni Chicago Police Lieutenant
Ron Dean Karl Richards
Thalmus Rasulala Secret Service Commander
Nathan Davis Soviet Press Secretary
Chelcie Ross Gen. Thomas Hopkins
Joe V. Greco Gen. Robert Carlson
Ike Pappas Himself
Gregory Alan Williams Col. Woods
Johnny Lee Davenport MP
Anatoly Davydov Col. Gregor Malekov
Gary Goldman Command Post Soldier
Ivory Ocean Washington, DC, Witness
Ray Starr Actor
Dianne Timmerman Backpacker
Marco St. John Marth
Michael Skewes M. P
Juan Ramirez Thug
Miguel Nino Thug
Mik Scriba Thug
Michael Tomlinson Johnny's Field Soldier
Cody Glenn Johnny's Field Soldier
Harry J. Lennix Johnny's Field Soldier
Carlos Sanz Johnny's Field Soldier
Charles Mueller Backpacker
Wilhelm von Homburg West Berlin Police Lieutenant
Gary Berkovich Soviet General
Allen Hamilton American General
Greg Noonan Command Post Commander
Harry Teinowitz Command Post Soldier
Mary Seibel Henke's Mother
Joe D. Lauck Sen. Bruce
Dick Cusack Secretary of State
Boris Leskin Soviet Foreign Minister
Danny Goldring Undercover Bum
Jack Kandel Soldier with Orders
Nick Kusenko Gen. Carlson's Aide
Tina Gloschenko Henke's Girl Friend
John W. Hardy Sky Cap
Henry Godinez Lock-up Police Officer
Oksana Fedunyszyn Eileen's Secretary
Ralph Foody Building Manager
Mike Bacarella Paramedic
Steve Barbo Hotel Police Officer
Eddie Bo Smith Ft. Belvoir Duty MP
Dennis Cockrum Computer Technician
Metta Davis Washington, DC, Witness
Alex Ross Liquor Store Clerk
Will Zahrn Nazi Goon
Michael James Nazi Goon
Nancy Baird Milan's Wife
Gene Barge Secret Service Agent
Walter Markley Secret Service Agent
Otto von Wernherr East German Army Lieutenant
Hilda McLean Old German Woman
Leon Samoilovich Soviet Security Agent
Dmitri Polytnsev Translator
Lana Berkovich Translator
John D'Amico Soviet General Secretary
Ray Allen United States President
Christine Cassel Speaker at Governors Conference
Billy Bosco Milan's Son
Chad Smith Milan's Son
Phillip Prerost Hospital Police Officer
Jack Gold Governor
Don James Command Post Soldier
Kathryn Joosten Waitress
Katherine Lynch Henke's Wife
William Musyka Soviet General
Joe Guzaldo Press Secretary Rogers
Greg Goossen Soldier in Provost Marshal's Office

Technical Credits
Andrew Davis Director,Co-producer
John Bishop Screenwriter
Troy Brown Stunts
Brian Burrows Stunts
Hank Calia Stunts
Beverly J. Camhe Co-producer,Producer
Astral Bellevue Pathe Color Cinematographer
Jeannie Epper Stunts
Donna Evans Stunts
William Fosser Set Decoration/Design
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Dennis Haggerty Original Story
Tobie Haggerty Co-producer,Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Terry Jackson Stunts
Rodger Jacobs Makeup
Colleen Kennedy Art Director
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Michel Levesque Production Designer
Stacy Logan Stunts
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Rom Milanovich Stunts
Charles James Newirth Production Manager
Jeff Ramsey Stunts
Tom Ryba Special Effects
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Wynn P. Thomas Art Director
Frank Tidy Cinematographer
Bundy Trinz Set Decoration/Design
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Weber Editor
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Don Zimmerman Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [4:42]
2. Gallagher/"Trust" [4:02]
3. Interlopers [3:10]
4. Assassination [3:35]
5. "Negligence" [3:16]
6. Hometown Hero [1:54]
7. Henke [4:41]
8. The Airport Latrine [1:50]
9. Mrs.Henke? [2:34]
10. LTC Gallagher [3:12]
11. Strangled [4:46]
12. The Real Henke [3:40]
13. Knowing Too Much [5:04]
14. Bicycle Chase [2:42]
15. On The Lam [2:45]
16. "Do We Stand Down?" [3:37]
17. Leaflets [4:27]
18. Meeting Milan [5:55]
19. Finding Walker [4:39]
20. At The Yankee Grill [3:28]
21. Caught [5:00]
22. Preparations [:50]
23. Thomas Boyette [4:04]
24. Posting His Own Bail [5:04]
25. "I'm Walter Henke" [1:05]
26. Race Against Time [2:35]
27. The Sniper [3:36]
28. Officer Down [1:35]
29. Target One/The Kill [2:10]
30. "Separate Armies" [1:39]
31. Conclusion [1:26]
32. End Credits [4:38]
Side #2 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [4:42]
2. Gallagher/"Trust" [4:02]
3. Interlopers [3:10]
4. Assassination [3:35]
5. "Negligence" [3:16]
6. Hometown Hero [1:54]
7. Henke [4:41]
8. The Airport Latrine [1:50]
9. Mrs.Henke? [2:34]
10. LTC Gallagher [3:12]
11. Strangled [4:46]
12. The Real Henke [3:40]
13. Knowing Too Much [5:04]
14. Bicycle Chase [2:42]
15. On The Lam [2:45]
16. "Do We Stand Down?" [3:37]
17. Leaflets [4:27]
18. Meeting Milan [5:55]
19. Finding Walker [4:39]
20. At The Yankee Grill [3:28]
21. Caught [5:00]
22. Preparations [:50]
23. Thomas Boyette [4:04]
24. Posting His Own Bail [5:04]
25. "I'm Walter Henke" [1:05]
26. Race Against Time [2:35]
27. The Sniper [3:36]
28. Officer Down [1:35]
29. Target One/The Kill [2:10]
30. "Separate Armies" [1:39]
31. Conclusion [1:26]
32. End Credits [4:38]

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The Package 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CrusaderGA More than 1 year ago
An amazing and great film with a lot of action, mystery and suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With cunning and political violence, the rules of the game have been ratcheted up against Gene Hackman as he does not who is who. In a thriller that bespeaks Enemy of the State, only with Cold War hijinks, there is only one thing to accomplish: survival.