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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema - The Package, 1989 - At the end of the Cold War, a sergeant tracking an escaped army prisoner discovers not everyone wants the Cold War to end. Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones and Joanna Cassidy star   (youtube.com) divider line 14
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2014-07-12 11:11:06 AM
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Events can overtake films.  For example, by the time Dr No came out in 1962, 007s Jamaican adventure was already out of date as the island country was becoming independent.

The old dependable Gene Hackman must have thought he was on a sure thing when signing on to do The Package. However, the amazing events of 1989 produced a different result.  The former Soviet satellite states began vanishing in a string of popular revolutions.  The stability the villains in The Package were aiming for literally vanished into the history books as the Iron Curtain collapsed in a pile of its own rust with the Soviet Union following in 1991.

Hackman plays a US sergeant who is part of the security apparatus at a European disarmament talk between NATO and Warsaw Pact representatives. A limousine is attacked and this wasn't a loosely organized gang of wannabes like the Bader-Meinhoff bomb throwers or disaffected university students.

The Sgt's attempt to help the investigation are gently rebuffed and he's given an assignment instead to escort a troublesome soldier back to America for a court marshal.

The soldier escapes after landing in the US. Hackman's trying to avoid making things worse for the young man and goes through his address book to get friends to help find him.  Using his ex-wife and an old police pal, it Hackman learns that the army prisoner's identity doesn't hold up.

This triggers a vicious response and Hackman's friends are soon being attacked.

Kris Kristofferson campaigned hard to get the role of the army prisoner that went to Tommy Lee Jones. The film also stars the endlessly boinkabke Joanna Cassidy and Dennis Franz as (you'll never believe this) a police detective.

Chicago native Andrew Davis directed a few quickie films before taking on some action films for Chuck Norris and Steven Segal such as the massive hit Under Siege, the Oscar winning The Fugitive (both with Tommy Lee Jones) and the Schwarzenegger film that was postponed after September 2001, was re-edited to be more patriotic for an evential 2002 release. (It sunk like a stone.) Davis hasn't released a film since 2006.

It was edited by Billy Weber (The Warriors, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Extreme Predjuice, Midnight Run, Days of Thunder, Thin Red Line and Tree of Life) and  Don Zimmerman (Heaven Can Wait, Being There, Prince of Tides, Galaxy Quest, Ace Ventura and Patch Adams).

If you kinda miss the cold war, you'll warm up to The Package. Here are some IMDB users who like it a lot.

Link to Last Week's Saturday Cinema
Next Week's Saturday Cinema has Peter Sellers in some Brit Noir.

PS: If you look at the second image below, you'll see what I believe to be a Crysler/Dodge Laser behind the director. That was my first car.

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2014-07-12 11:14:08 AM
1898? Jesus, Tommy has aged well!
 
2014-07-12 11:30:31 AM
To be fair, there were very few watchable films released in 1898.
 
2014-07-12 11:39:04 AM
Goddammit so much. Would some kind Modmin fix my dyslexic headline? Thanks!
 
2014-07-12 11:42:22 AM

gaslight: Goddammit so much. Would some kind Modmin fix my dyslexic headline? Thanks!


We evol uyo anyways, Baby :)
 
2014-07-12 01:53:42 PM

gaslight: Goddammit so much. Would some kind Modmin fix my dyslexic headline? Thanks!


Reluctantly fixed... (we thought 1898 was a good year for film, what with that new Nicolas Cage film and all)
 
2014-07-12 03:32:32 PM
The film also stars the endlessly boinkabke Joanna Cassidy.

boinkabke - Is that a colliquism for boinkable and bukkake?

Always enjoyed Joanna Cassidy...
 
2014-07-12 04:16:14 PM
You have to read his Class-A uniform, but he's not just a SGT, he's a Sergeant Major, and he's Special Forces as well.

One of my old favs, this flick.
 
2014-07-12 05:05:24 PM

dramboxf: You have to read his Class-A uniform, but he's not just a SGT, he's a Sergeant Major, and he's Special Forces as well.

One of my old favs, this flick.


Actually, it looks like he is a Master Sergeant.

Also, isn't this the plot to Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country
 
2014-07-12 05:38:04 PM

ShonenBat: Actually, it looks like he is a Master Sergeant.


Yeah, you're right. He is a MSGT. My bad.
 
2014-07-12 07:07:54 PM
Fun fact : My brother worked for UPS in Chicago at the time . He would deliver packages to the set while they were filming there . I often wonder if he actually delivered that actual package .....well not often but once in awhile .
 
2014-07-12 07:09:36 PM
Hey! Poppie's in this! I hope he washed his hands
 
2014-07-13 01:26:38 AM

gaslight: Events can overtake films.


SpaceCamp (1986)
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2014-07-13 01:00:51 PM
Heh, I loved this movie.  I was working in a video rental place in 1992 and watched this often. This and 'Target' were very enjoyable thrillers.  It's sunday and nothing on til the World Cup (which im only half-watching anyway) so this might be a good supplement.
 
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