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Enemy of the State (1998) Poster

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Gene Hackman turned down the film several times, but was ultimately convinced to sign on after a phone call by director Tony Scott. Will Smith later signed on at a relative post-Independence Day (1996) bargain price because he wanted to work with Hackman.
The mark left on the mailbox to signal Brill is exactly how ex-CIA official and traitor Aldrich Ames signaled the Soviets when he made a drop.
Will Smith improvised Dean's line about buying the lingerie for himself to try cross dressing on the weekends. Smith has said it was difficult to restrain his comedic instincts during a dramatic role.
Seth Green is uncredited at the end, though mentioned in the opening credits.
Reynold's birthday is 9-11. Ironically, the "surveillance society" Hammersly mentions would eventually become the "Patriot Act" passed under the Bush administration post-9/11, only three years after this film is produced.
Tom Cruise was originally signed on to star in this film, but had to turn it down because he was still filming Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
The storm drain car chase scene was shot in a large air duct tunnel below the four main bores of the Fort McHenry Road Tunnel in Baltimore, MD. Fort McHenry permits Interstate 95 to pass under Baltimore's harbor. The air duct is only accessible from the Tunnel's Admin Building by stairs and a small elevator, so the cars in the scene were chopped into several sections, taken three levels below, reassembled and painted. Once filming was complete they were disassembled once again and removed from the duct. The water was hosed in from a nearby sprinkler main.
Sean Connery was considered for the role of Edward "Brill" Lyle.
The film's technical advisor, Larry Cox, is a former National Security Agency official.
The satellites repeatedly send "CQ" in Morse code every time they're seen. "CQ" is ham radio shorthand for "Anybody out there want to chat?" ("Seek you.")
The latitude/longitude given during the chase are actually the location of the real CIA headquarters in Langley, Viginia.
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.
The portable video game system that Dean's son uses, and in which "the disc" won't work, is an NEC Turbo Express. It was a GameBoy competitor albeit with the ability to play TurboGrafx-16 games on a color screen. By the time this film premiered, it had faded into relative obscurity, making it the perfect piece of tech.
Thomas Reynolds' birth date is given as 9-11-40. On 11 September 1940, Bell Labs researcher George Stibitz demonstrated the first remote operation (i.e., over a phone line) of a computer machine.
The building that serves as Brill's workplace is actually originally a Dr. Pepper plant.
Mel Gibson was also considered for the role of Robert Clayton Dean.
When Brill accesses the National Security Administration's executive files to identify Reynolds, the very first photograph that flashes from the personnel files has the name "Buster, Ball" below it.
Gene Hackman played an introverted wiretapper and eavesdropper named "Harry Caul" in "The Conversation" (1974) for Francis Ford Coppola. Some fans believe that his character "Edward" is the same man who has over-reacted to the events that conclude "The Conversation" and has gone "off the grid" under this identity.
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Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer began developing the story for the film in 1991.
The Ruby lingerie store is actually the doctored store front of Lambda Rising, a well-known gay bookstore on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC.
When Dean sees the article in the paper indicating that he's being investigated by the FBI, he says "They have NO Sullivan protection for this." He's referring to the Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan, which set the standard for defamation cases brought against media companies.
The commercial on Zavitz's TV is for the EV1, GM's first and ill-fated electric car.
When Lyle (Hackman) is taking Dean (Smith) into the warehouse "office", one can see that it is a self-made Faraday Cage. One of the few constructs that completely shields those inside from sending/receiving electromagnetic signals.
Sylvester Stallone was considered for a role.
Lisa Bonet portrays Will Smith's ex-girlfriend. Nearly 15 years later, Bonet's real life daughter, Zoë Kravitz, portrayed Will Smith's daughter in After Earth (2013).
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.
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The sound made by the bug sweepers used in the film is the same as the sound made by the sonar equipment in Crimson Tide (1995), also directed by Tony Scott. Gene Hackman, Jason Robards, and Lillo Brancato were in both films.
Director Tony Scott initially turned down producer Jerry Bruckheimer's offer to direct the film.
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The computer used by Daniel Leon Zavitz at his apartment to make a copy of the assassination's video on a removable media is a SUN Microsystems Ultra10 workstation.
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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".
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George Clooney was considered for the lead role.
Several times the location of a person or vehicle being tracked is given in degrees and minutes of latitude and longitude. Near Washington, D.C., this designates an area of about 1.02 square miles. Not quite as precise as shown.
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Robert Clayton Dean tells his wife (played by Regina King), "You're the only woman for me. You and Janet Jackson." Regina King co-starred with Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice (1993).
Tom Sizemore played in a scene in True Romance (1993) in which multiple heavily armed groups of men faced each other at gunpoint in a small room with a shoot-out massacre as result. A similar scene appeared in Saving Private Ryan (1998), also featuring Sizemore. This movie contains another such scene, again featuring Sizemore.
Hans Zimmer was the original composer for the film, but was eventually replaced by Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams.
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Average Shot Length = ~2.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~2.2 seconds.
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Further connection to The Conversation (1973): The surveillance scene that takes place in Mount Vernon Square is very similar to the opening scene in The Conversation, which also features a conversation between a man and woman walking around the park.
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Boxing is on TV in four separate scenes.
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Tom Sizemore and Barry Pepper also appeared together in Saving Private Ryan in the same year.
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Both Jon Voight and Tom Sizemore previously appeared together in Heat (1995).
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Gene Hackman's character's name (Brill) is very similar to his character in The Split (1968).
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The murder of Congressman Hammersley is copied to flash media by Daniel Zavitz. The form factor of the media to which the recording is copied to is PCMCIA.
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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.
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Dan Butler plays NSA director Shaffer, pronounced like "Schaefer", which is the German name for an Alsacian sheep dog - in Frasier (1993) he plays a character named Bulldog.
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The University of Oregon's Duck Nation flag can be seen on the truck of Jason Lee's character as he drives away from retrieving the tape. In the shot where the man radio's the license plate number, the green and yellow flag can be seen on the upper left of the tailgate. Zavitz also exclaims "Fuck a Duck" when he realizes what his hidden camera captures. Jason Lee's character, Daniel Zavitz, a nature photographer monitoring the migratory patterns of Canadian geese.
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Jason Robards and Jon Voight both played the role of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in two separate movies.
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Seth Green & Jason Lee have worked together on " My name is Earl " TV show.
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There are at least 2 sons of famous actors in this film Busey and Caan.
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In the movie, Dean uses the nickname "E" for his son Eric, the same nickname used for the character of Eric Murphy in Entourage. Seth Green, Jamie Kennedy, Scott Caan and Paul Herman appeared in both Entourage and Enemy of the State. Uncredited Enemy of the State writer Aaron Sorkin also played himself on Entourage.
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Seth Green & Jack Black have starred in an earlier film "Airborne" in 1993.
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Laura Cayouette, who plays Christa the congressman's aid, was born in Laurel, MD which neighbors Fort Meade where NSA is headquartered.
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The last name Banks is a common thread. Will Smith played on Fresh Prince or Bel-Air (last name of his family is Banks)* & his love interest(former girlfriend) in Enemy of the State is Rachel Banks played by Lisa Bonet.
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Will Smith and Jason Lee both appeared together in Jersey Girl.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The picture of a younger Gene Hackman shown in a white shirt and tie, supposedly from his NSA file, is actually taken from The Conversation (1974). Hackman's character Brill, closely resembles his "Conversation" character, Harry Caul. In "The Conversation," Harry Caul, like Brill, is a paranoid surveillance expert who has his workplace in an industrial warehouse. Also, Brill wears the same translucent raincoat worn by Harry Caul in the previous film. In "The Conversation," Harry Caul (like Robert Dean in this film) is pressured to hand over a tape (albiet an audio tape) that has evidence of a murder conspiracy. At the end of "The Conversation," Caul demolishes his apartment when he thinks people who have been observing him might be coming for him. (It's been suggested by more than one film critic that Brill could actually be an older Harry Caul, living under a pseudonym.)
Both Congressman Hammersley and Rachel Banks are killed after they say the same line: "This conversation is over." The congressman almost immediately and Rachel by the next morning.
The "Mexican Standoff" scene between the NSA agents and mafia at the end closely mirrors a similar scene close to the end of another Tony Scott film, True Romance (1993), in which the parties also do not know each other. Tom Sizemore is in both scenes/films.
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