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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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Storyline

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; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is 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. 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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The only privacy left is inside of your head 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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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,038,573, 22 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$111,549,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,649,836
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Writing credits in the film's early promotional material read "Written by David Marconi and Aaron Sorkin and Henry Bean & Tony Gilroy". See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when the Congressman is killed, the character with the syringe walks past the dog. As he kills the Congressman, the dog starts barking, yet in the footage when the bird watcher is watching, the dog starts barking as the killer walks toward the Congressman. 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 Because I Don't Lie (2001) See more »

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Written by Paul Godfrey, Ross Godfrey and Skye Edwards
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6 December 2003 | by 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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