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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Miller


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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Es ist kein Verfolgungswahn - Sie sind wirklich hinter dir her (It's no persecution complex - They're really after you.) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo público  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$111,544,445 (USA) (16 April 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last name Banks is a common thread. Will Smith played on Fresh Prince or Bel-Air (last name of his family is Banks)* & his love interest(former girlfriend) in Enemy of the State is Rachel Banks played by Lisa Bonet. See more »


When the Congressman is killed, the signs identifying the area call it Occoquan Park. Later the TV reporter calls it Loch Raven Reservoir - the latter is just north of Baltimore, while the former is some 50 miles south (to the south-west of Washington between Woodbridge and Springfield.) See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank the mayor, city council, and citizens of Baltimore, MD. See more »


Features Win Ben Stein's Money (1997) See more »


Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840) (uncredited)
Arranged by Richard Harvey
Courtesy of APM
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I like this one, also beeing somewhat realistic (not in every detail of course).
24 August 2002 | by (Butzbach, Germany) – See all my reviews

Well, I like this one. I like the cast, the visuals are well done, but what is more important is the plot that I like really much. It's not the most sophisticated plot of all times, but I think it's quite good, and to some degree, realistic. Of course it's not possible to move sattelites that quickly, or zoom in on a videotape that much and still have crystal-clear visual, but quite some technology seen is realistic today, or in the near future. This is an hollywood flick, all right, so they have quite much action and everything looks very easy, steering a sattelite seems to be no harder than playing a video game, what makes it all seem a bit unrealistic/sci-fi-like, but today's technical posibilities are quite large, and continue to grow, so informing oneself about the issue (I mean the real world issue) is not a bad idea.

To give you some points to think:

  • It's routine for the credid card companies to document every transaction

made with the cards, go figure who gets the docs if police is investigating.

  • Every call / fax done is documented for billing, go figure, who...

  • At least for your ISP it's possible to read every unencrypted email you

send or receive, go figure ...

  • Today there are MANY cameras in public areas in Great Britain, with

numbers still growing.

  • Face recognition software is already being used in combination with some

surveillance cameras.

  • Dictation software that can interpret your spoken word and convert it

into written text is being sold to you today, maybe some organisations have much better versions at their hands ...

The list could go on, but what I want to say is that one should think about the posibilities and listen to what the politicians say, and what they want to allow the federal organisations.

You want to be able to still _enjoy_ the movie in some years time, not thinking of it as being somewhat normal just as everyday life, all right?

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