R | | Action, Crime, Drama
Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.
Tommy Lee Jones and Gene Hackman frequently clashed regarding the filming of the screenplay. Hackman was a "more-is-less" actor who felt he could convey story elements without vast pages of dialog by simply acting. As such, many scenes were trimmed much to the annoyance of Jones who felt his role was being sacrificed.
Sgt. Johnny Gallagher:
Why would he want to smuggle himself in?
Near the beginning of the film when the Polizei van appears it is a U.S. spec VW with the rear side marker lights, lights not installed on Euro-market vehicles. It also is a higher trim level (deluxe bumpers and front spoiler) than would be used by the German police.
$1,851,673 27 August 1989