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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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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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It's not paranoia if they're really after you. See more »


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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo público  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$111,544,445 (USA) (16 April 1999)
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The computer used by Daniel Leon Zavitz at his apartment to make a copy of the assassination's video on a removable media is a SUN Microsystems Ultra10 workstation. See more »

Goofs

When Dean is in the goons' van we see Lyle escorted to the back of the van sheltered from the pouring rain under an umbrella. While he enters the van we see the rain pouring down behind him yet when we see a close-up of Reynolds, over his left shoulder we see the city skyline with not a drop of rain in sight. 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 producers wish to thank the mayor, city council, and citizens of Baltimore, MD. See more »

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Referenced in Smart Guy: It Takes Two (1999) See more »

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Good King Wenceslas
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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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