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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.

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Tony Scott

Writer:

David Marconi
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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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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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Invasion of Privacy 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 Ruby lingerie store is actually the doctored store front of Lambda Rising, a well-known gay bookstore on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. See more »

Goofs

When Robert and Rachel are walking through the square, at one point "Camera 3" is shown from behind sweeping left-to-right, but the visual on the small monitor to the operator's lower left is moving right-to-left. 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

References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Guilty
Written by Lennox Brown
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I like this one, also beeing somewhat realistic (not in every detail of course).
24 August 2002 | by rolfhubSee all my reviews

Well, I like this one. I like the cast, the visuals are well done, but what is more important is the plot that I like really much. It's not the most sophisticated plot of all times, but I think it's quite good, and to some degree, realistic. Of course it's not possible to move sattelites that quickly, or zoom in on a videotape that much and still have crystal-clear visual, but quite some technology seen is realistic today, or in the near future. This is an hollywood flick, all right, so they have quite much action and everything looks very easy, steering a sattelite seems to be no harder than playing a video game, what makes it all seem a bit unrealistic/sci-fi-like, but today's technical posibilities are quite large, and continue to grow, so informing oneself about the issue (I mean the real world issue) is not a bad idea.

To give you some points to think:

  • It's routine for the credid card companies to document every transaction made with the cards, go figure who gets the docs if police is investigating.


  • Every call / fax done is documented for billing, go figure, who...


  • At least for your ISP it's possible to read every unencrypted email you send or receive, go figure ...


  • Today there are MANY cameras in public areas in Great Britain, with numbers still growing.


  • Face recognition software is already being used in combination with some surveillance cameras.


  • Dictation software that can interpret your spoken word and convert it into written text is being sold to you today, maybe some organisations have much better versions at their hands ...


The list could go on, but what I want to say is that one should think about the posibilities and listen to what the politicians say, and what they want to allow the federal organisations.

You want to be able to still _enjoy_ the movie in some years time, not thinking of it as being somewhat normal just as everyday life, all right?


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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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