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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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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:

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Average Shot Length = ~2.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~2.2 seconds. See more »


When Brill hijacks the car under the bridge, the car is an E-class Mercedes, with obvious power windows in both front and back seats. However, you can clearly see when Brill tells Dean that he is hypoglycemic, the manual device for the window. That's impossible in an E-class Mercedes. 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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Interesting plot, will make you wonder who's watching you!
7 September 1999 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Jon Voight, Will Smith, and Gene Hackman are the three stars who make this movie interesting. Voight is a rogue NSA operative and Smith quite accidentally gets on his trail without even realizing it. Hackman provides the key to exposing the crooks and facilitating a reasonable ending. Watching this movie makes you wonder how much of the surveillance depicted can really be done today by our governments. Although the movie has its share of violence, and an ending out of Reservoir Dogs, it also is sprinkled with some good humor. If you like action and espionage, then you'll like this movie. The DVD picture and soundtrack are both excellent. I give the movie overall 8 of 10.

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