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Enemy of the State (1998)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's not paranoia if 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?


Laura Cayouette, who plays Christa the congressman's aid, was born in Laurel, MD which neighbors Fort Meade where NSA is headquartered. See more »


As Will Smith goes into the janitor's closet and starts the fire, the door swings into the closet and he then blocks it from opening with the cart. When the fireman chops a few holes in the door with the ax, and pulls it out into the hall. The door stops on the jamb would prevent the door from coming into the hall that easy. It would have to have been an outswing door. 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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The CNN journalist is a fictitious character. See more »


References Three Days of the Condor (1975) See more »


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You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide
22 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enemy of the State (1998)

Review: This is a different direction for many. Will Smith for one and some noticeable comedic actors are here, but this is no comedy.

Enemy of the State is quite a movie. What is the main point of this is the plot. It works in many ways. In a situation like this, anyone with connections and power can have access to such technology to track down anyone who knows far too much. It's quite real. Scary in a real sort of way.

Another truly strong point here is the acting. Will Smith and Gene Hackman deliver excellent performances. Smith showed great emotion and Hackman had conviction. Not just these two were great, we have Jon Voight as well. But what really got me is the acting from other characters as Seth Green, Barry Pepper, Jake Busey, and even Jack Black. These people are great especially Black who is really acting here! Black should have realised that comedy is not his thing if suspense and drama are as he is great here.

Overall, we get great acting, a fine plot, and fast, character development and fast and intense action as well. Sound like a winner to me. Enemy of the State is fresh and original and clever. One of Smith's finest movies.

The Last Word: Don't miss. Gripping and Suspenseful.

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