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Enemy of the State (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  20 November 1998 (USA)
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A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

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Storyline

Robert dean is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Pintero. Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Reynolds is negotiating with Congressman Phillip Hammersley about a new surveillance system with satellites. But, Hammersley declines, that is when Reynolds had Hammersley killed, but this murder was caught on tape, and this person was being chased by Reynolds' team of NSA agents, the guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the NSA decides to get into Dean's life. That is when Dean's life began to fall apart all around him, with his wife and job both gone. Dean wants to find out what is going on. Then, he meets a man named "Brill" who tells him that Dean has something that the government wants. That is when Dean and Brill formulate a plan to get Dean's life back and turn the Tables on Reynolds. Written by John Wiggins

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In God we trust. The rest we monitor. See more »


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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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20 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Enemigo público  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,038,573 (USA) (20 November 1998)

Gross:

$111,544,445 (USA) (16 April 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~2.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~2.2 seconds. See more »

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When Dean arrives home for the first time, his wife's dog snarls at him. Just before the snarl the elastic band holding the dog's mouth back to expose his fangs is clearly visible. See more »

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[first lines]
Congressman Phillip Hammersley: Come on. Come on, mutt. Now, look at that ball. All right. Come on, get that ball. Ah!
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The CNN journalist is a fictitious character. See more »

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Referenced in Spy Game (2001) See more »

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Written by Paul Godfrey, Ross Godfrey and Skye Edwards
Performed by Morcheeba
Courtesy of China Records
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26 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how I missed this in theaters, but I watched it for the first time tonight. I almost gave it a 10, because this is as good as the suspense/action drama gets. Somebody on the DVD special features called it "...a combination of Crimson Tide, The French Connection, and 3 Days of the Condor." From my list of favorites I'd also say it has aspects of Marathon Man, The Fugitive, and The Firm. Will Smith, whose work does not thrill me 100% of the time, is terrific, and Gene Hackman could not have been better. They also receive support from some great character actors, many of them UNCREDITED (a fact which blew me away).

My enjoyment was enhanced by being familiar with Hackman's The Conversation, in which he plays Harry Caul, one of the world's greatest audio surveillance men. His hideout/office in Enemy is reminiscent of Caul's digs, and the photograph which the bad guys have on file for him is of his character from The Conversation. I sort of wish they'd named the new character Caul, giving long-term continuity to the story.

I'm running off at the fingers here, so I won't elaborate on the location, direction, etcetera, but will end with SEE THIS FILM!


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