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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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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

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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?


On the extended DVD version, Fielder (Jack Black) goes into more sexually graphic detail about his attraction to the maid, and his overall attraction to women who don't shave in general. See more »


Throughout the movie a spy satellite is called upon multiple times, providing live video at an extreme quality of the protagonists. However upon showing the satellite it clearly has no cameras or imaging equipment, but a wide spectrum radio antenna dish, which could not provide video imaging, let alone real time, and even more so at the quality it had in the movie. 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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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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In God we trust all others we monitor.
7 December 1998 | by (Elsewhere) – See all my reviews

The murder of a congressman is caught on tape and Robert Dean (Will Smith) has it. He has to save his family career and life all in 2 hours! Although the plot twists aren't always surprising they are convincing. Gene Hackman plays the role of the paranoid informant wonderfully but Will Smith can't help being funny no matter how hard he tries. Tony Scott shows the action from surveillance camera and telephoto angles giving an edgy feeling throughout the picture. Most of the chases are on foot keeping car chases are kept to a minimum. The chases technically well done but seem to be missing an over the edge quality like most of the movie.The story moves along at a good speed making it a good action movie with a solid plot.

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