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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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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, 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,420,216 (UK) (25 December 1998)

Gross:

$111,544,445 (USA) (16 April 1999)
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Trivia

The NSA refused to co-operate with the production. An aerial shot of their grounds at Fort Meade in Washington DC had to be shot from public air space. See more »

Goofs

When Zavitz begins to flee, we twice hear satellite surveillance requested at latitude 38°55', longitude 77°00'. That exact position would be around 4th and U Streets Northeast, and giving the coordinates to the minute implies an accuracy of about a mile (a nautical mile, in fact - around 1.15 miles or 1852m). But moments later, as he reaches the roof, the street intersection is given as 18th and Columbia, which is in Washington's northwest quadrant more than 2 miles away. See more »

Quotes

[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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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840) (uncredited)
Arranged by Richard Harvey
Courtesy of APM
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26 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how I missed this in theaters, but I watched it for the first time tonight. I almost gave it a 10, because this is as good as the suspense/action drama gets. Somebody on the DVD special features called it "...a combination of Crimson Tide, The French Connection, and 3 Days of the Condor." From my list of favorites I'd also say it has aspects of Marathon Man, The Fugitive, and The Firm. Will Smith, whose work does not thrill me 100% of the time, is terrific, and Gene Hackman could not have been better. They also receive support from some great character actors, many of them UNCREDITED (a fact which blew me away).

My enjoyment was enhanced by being familiar with Hackman's The Conversation, in which he plays Harry Caul, one of the world's greatest audio surveillance men. His hideout/office in Enemy is reminiscent of Caul's digs, and the photograph which the bad guys have on file for him is of his character from The Conversation. I sort of wish they'd named the new character Caul, giving long-term continuity to the story.

I'm running off at the fingers here, so I won't elaborate on the location, direction, etcetera, but will end with SEE THIS FILM!


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