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Enemy of the State (1998)

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A lawyer becomes targeted by a corrupt politician and his N.S.A. goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a politically motivated crime.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writer:

David Marconi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Robert Clayton Dean
Gene Hackman ... Edward Lyle
Jon Voight ... Thomas Brian Reynolds
Lisa Bonet ... Rachel F. Banks
Regina King ... Carla Dean
Stuart Wilson ... Congressman Sam Albert
Laura Cayouette ... Christa Hawkins
Loren Dean ... Hicks
Barry Pepper ... David Pratt
Ian Hart ... Bingham
Jake Busey ... Krug
Scott Caan ... Jones
Jason Lee ... Daniel Zavitz
Gabriel Byrne ... Brill
James Le Gros ... Jerry Miller
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Storyline

Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington, D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Paulie Pintero (Tom Sizemore). Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Brian Reynolds (Jon Voight) is negotiating with Representative Phillip Hammersley (Jason Robards, Jr.) 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 N.S.A. Agents. The guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the N.S.A. 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" (Gene Hackman), 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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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The picture of a younger Gene Hackman shown in a white shirt and tie, supposedly from his N.S.A. file, was taken from The Conversation (1974). Hackman's character Edward "Brill" Lyle, closely resembles his "Conversation" character, Harry Caul. In The Conversation (1974), 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 movie. In the movie Harry Caul (like Robert Clayton Dean in this movie) is pressured to hand over a tape that has evidence of a murder conspiracy. At the end of The Conversation (1974), 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 movie critic that Brill could actually be an older Harry Caul, living under a pseudonym. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas Reynolds and wife are checking their bank statement for the extra $140,000, Reynolds says, "Two separate $70,000 deposits on the same day." The statement, however, shows the dates of the deposits as 12/09 and 12/11. 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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Crazy Credits

The CNN journalist is a fictitious character. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in an "Unrated Extended Edition" which features some new/extended footage (ca. 7 minutes) like some explicit shots of the senator with his secretary or Dean finding his dead ex-girlfriend covered in blood. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #4.12 (2005) See more »

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Trigger Hippie
Written by Paul Godfrey, Ross Godfrey and Skye Edwards
Performed by Morcheeba
Courtesy of China Records
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One of the most entertaining thrillers of the late 1990's.
5 February 2007 | by hu675See all my reviews

An successful attorney from Washington D.C. by the name Robert Dean Clayton (Will Smith). Which Robert without his knowledge is given a video by his college friend (Jason Lee). Which his friend is trying to hide from mysterious strangers, who been after him until he dies unexpectedly by a fire truck. In that video has a murder of an top political elderly man (An uncredited:Jason Robards Jr.) and the man, who responsible for the murder is a corrupted national security agency man (Jon Voight). Now Dean's normal life is been after by a lethal team of skilled NSA surveillance team. They are ruthless and they will do everything to complete their mission until a mystery man (Two Time Oscar-Winner:Gene Hackman) helps Dean to be away from NSA and destroy, whoever they are responsible for destroying his life.

Directed by Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2, The Hunger, True Romance) made an extremely entertaining thriller with plenty of action and humour. This was one of the biggest hits of 1998. It was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Beverly Hills Cop, Con Air, The Rock). This has an good cast, includes:Lisa Bonet, Regina King, Stuart Wilson, Jack Black. Loren Dean, Barry Pepper, Jamie Kennedy, Jake Busey, Scott Cann, James LeGros and Gabriel Byrne.

The original cut on the DVD has an sharp non-anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an strong-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This enjoyable film is extremely entertaining and never slows down. Hackman's mysterious character is loosely based on a film by Oscar-Winner:Francis Ford Coppola movie titled "The Conversation". Which some critics and fans of Coppola's picture will call this an uncredited sequel. Seth Green, Philip Baker Hall and Tim Sizemore appears uncredited. Panavision. (****/*****).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,038,573, 22 November 1998

Gross USA:

$111,549,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$250,849,789
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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