The Package

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6.41 h 48 min1989X-RayR
HD. A career Army officer (Gene Hackman) finds himself spiraling into a plot to start the next World War.
Directors
Andrew Davis
Starring
Gene HackmanJoanna CassidyTommy Lee Jones
Genres
SuspenseActionDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
John HeardDennis FranzReni Santoni
Producers
Beverly J. CamheAndrew DavisJames A. DennettDennis HaggertyTobie HaggertyCharles NewirthArne Schmidt
Studio
MGM
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

509 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Alex C.Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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Makes you think: why do they make such bad movies today when they had mastered the game so well by then? why did we go backwards? did special effects ruin movies? where they think its only about that? By comparison most bad movies today are video game commercials, lifeless, formulaic and boring. The Package is entertaining, well directed, gripping, fast moving and holds you from the first second till the end. No BS, just a well executed movie. snowflake weakling generation, pay attention and learn.
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C. C. BlackReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Thriller
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Given a decent script, Gene Hackman, Joanna Cassidy, Tommy Lee Jones, and Dennis Franz will never let you down. This movie has a decent script: what begins as a John Le Carré adventure behind the Iron Curtain takes a fast left turn into "The Day of the Jackal." Location filming in Chicago and elsewhere adds necessary verisimilitude. I'm docking a star for several cavernous plot holes, which the producers apparently thought that, with fast pacing, we'd never notice. We did.

If you're willing to suspend your disbelief at all the right moments, "The Package" offers well-crafted entertainment. As a bonus, we're given a neat homage to "The French Connection," which puts Mr. Hackman back in the driver's seat to instruct us in proper auto safety in metropolitan traffic.
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pcsnakeReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good Hackman and okay Tommy Lee Jones
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One of the best Hackman movies. I liked the simple straight forward twisted plot
with moderate action and intrigue. It seemed almost innocent compared to the
present suspicious suicides, slime and decay, lies, corruption, and misreported and
biased mess of a cesspool we now live in and accept as our daily lot. These older movies
are pleasant that way compared to the recent news. I suppose one becomes inured to
blood and daily shootings in our cities the way one becomes inured to blood in a slaughter
house. So I recommend this movie as a pleasant escape for awhile as you watch a few
shootings and assassination plots in a simpler time as acted out by big name stars.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hasn't aged well
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Or maybe it's that Tommy Lee Jones has gone on to be such a star in his own right that it doesn't make sense to see him as a fairly one-note bad guy here... kind of like not expecting James Gandolfini to be so enjoyable as a supporting actor in The Mexican. If you're looking for 'The French Connection', all you'll find is Gene Hackman 18 years older and slower ... and Joanna Cassidy seven years after 'Blade Runner'. These are the things I was looking for to get me through what is basically a Hollywood vehicle for Hackman, from the guy who had already made 'Under Siege' but not yet 'The Fugitive'!

It's interesting to think that this movie was shot after 'Under Siege' and 'Mississippi Burning', and released a month and a half after 'Do The Right Thing'. Throw in 'Road House' and you've got late-Eighties Hollywood right there.
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DesperadoReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Package
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Take out the R rated language and you have a 80's made for tv movie. I've honestly seen more realist episodes of Magnum P.I. Cheesy writing and other things that don't make sense, Tommy Lee Jones & Gene Hackman are the only things worth watching the movie for and I'm not sure that's worth it.
6 people found this helpful
SgtHoochReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
80s action/thriller all the way
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I remember seeing this movie about a year after it came out on my Army base. Long before streaming TV, RedBox machines and or even online shopping, there was only two ways to see a movie. It was at the theater or renting the VHS tape. Both took a long time to become available after the movie premiere.

Hackman and Jones do a fine job in this good--but unbelievable--chase film. I see why Jones was tapped to be the villain in Andrew Davis' "Under Siege". He plays such a quiet, but extremely dangerous character who never fully reveals why he does what he does. Awesome.

This a good movie that totally would not work today--unless the military-advising was better. The filmmakers appear to have gotten the uniforms right, but little else. It's still a great popcorn-thriller, though.

Video quality is excellent and that's why I gave it an extra star.
James E. AddisonReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good watch if you've never seen it before.
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1 stars: Couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. Unwatchable, or language not as described.
1.5 stars: Just started it to get if off my, "movies we think you'll like", list permanently.
2 stars: Jumped my way to the end for the ending. Unwatchable, but interested in how this turd ended.
2.5 stars: I fell asleep, or closed my eyes for most of it.
3 stars: Watched it all, but not happy about it. Nothing better to do.
4 stars: I watched it, liked it well enough. Would never watch it again.
5 stars: Great moving picture show! I'll watch it again, and maybe again in a few years.
Customer 845Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie!!!
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Although the beginning was confusing in that you couldn't understand who was who and why certain things were happening, it was a very nice military mystery movie.

It was a little weird that one of the main characters was John Heard because before like a month ago, I didn't know this movie existed and I always saw him as that guy in Big and Home Alone. Though this was not the only recycled actor in the movie by a long shot. It looks like just about every actor except for Steven Seagal from the movie Above The Law was in this movie. I almost expected Henry Silva to be playing the main villain. That would have been too on the nose. XD
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