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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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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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$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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Gabriel Byrne and 'Loren Dean (I)' played major roles in Wim Wenders' The End of Violence (1997), another film that deals with the social perils of techno-surveillance. See more »

Goofs

Rachel tells Robert Dean that when she needs to contact Brill, she "chalks" the mailbox, then Brill crosses the chalk mark and she makes the drop. After Dean discovers that Rachel's been killed, he uses a black, indelible ink marker to signal Brill. Brill is very specific about his procedures, and the reason chalk is used is because it can be easily wiped off so it will be clear when she needs to make a new drop. If they continued to use indelible markers, they wouldn't be able to wipe off the old marks and have any way of knowing when a new one had been made. 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 Shameful Sequels: Robocop 3 (2014) See more »

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O Come All Ye Faithful
(Also known as "Adeste Fidelis")
Music attributed to John Reading (uncredited)
Arranged by Margaret Dorn, Linda Lawley, Danny Pelfrey
Performed by The Accidentals
Courtesy of Amusicom Records
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6 December 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Why? Well for starters there is the best chase sequence since The French Connection. Then there is Will Smith as an actor - not just a star, though later in the movie he is admittedly overshadowed by veteran Gene Hackman.

There are two layers to this movie: On the surface is a pacy thriller with edge-of-the-seat chases but underneath lies a telling commentary on government surveillance. It is one of those truth-in-fiction stories which makes its point about government intrusion into privacy dramatically and effectively.

There are references to the classic, The Conversation: The surveilled couple talking in the park, and the Hackman character's premises are an obvious recreation of his workshop in the earlier movie. If you haven't yet seen The Conversation - see it before you see this one - you will understand the Hackman character a lot better (besides, it is a superb movie in its own right).

Oh, and Jon Voight is terrific as the bad guy...


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