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The Package DVD


Gene Hackman is a career officer assigned a routine mission well beneath him: deliver a prisoner (Tommy Lee Jones) from Europe to the United States. However, the simple assignment becomes a daring cat-and-mouse game played as the last flames of the Cold War are flickering. This is the first of three films that teamed Jones with director Andrew Davis. In 1989 Jones was a wild card: an actor respected but only popping up in grade B fare. After Davis' Under Siege and The Fugitive, Jones was America's favourite gruff character actor, with an Oscar on his mantel. With a weaker script, Davis still creates the same kind of magic here. Hackman is superb as the officer, an action role similar to others that the nearly 60-year-old unexpectedly excelled at (Bat 21, Narrow Margin) during this period. Tight, tense and with no letup in the third act, The Package is a good gem for a Saturday night flick. --Doug Thomas

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Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy and Tommy Lee Jones star in this political thriller. US Army Sergeant Johnny Gallagher (Hackman) has been assigned to take a court-martialled serviceman back to the States. However, the deserter, Thomas Boyette (Jones), escapes and takes on a new identity. With the help of his ex-wife (Cassidy), Gallagher sets out on his own investigation, stumbling upon a conspiracy which reaches the highest echelons of the American forces.

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