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Enemy of the State (1998)

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; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is 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. 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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Es ist kein Verfolgungswahn - Sie sind wirklich hinter dir her (It's no persecution complex - 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  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,038,573 (USA) (22 November 1998)

Gross:

$111,549,836 (USA)
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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

Rachel tells Robert Dean that when she needs to contact Brill, she "chalks" the mailbox, then Brill crosses the chalk mark and she makes the drop. After Dean discovers that Rachel's been killed, he uses a black, indelible ink marker to signal Brill. Brill is very specific about his procedures, and the reason chalk is used is because it can be easily wiped off so it will be clear when she needs to make a new drop. If they continued to use indelible markers, they wouldn't be able to wipe off the old marks and have any way of knowing when a new one had been made. (The marker looks like it could be a dry erase type which could be wiped away and re-used. Also, Robert Dean may not care if it could be re-used as he would have no further need after the next meeting) See more »

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[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 producers wish to thank the mayor, city council, and citizens of Baltimore, MD. See more »

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Features Win Ben Stein's Money (1997) See more »

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin (uncredited)
Arranged by Richard Harvey
Courtesy of APM
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6 December 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Why? Well for starters there is the best chase sequence since The French Connection. Then there is Will Smith as an actor - not just a star, though later in the movie he is admittedly overshadowed by veteran Gene Hackman.

There are two layers to this movie: On the surface is a pacy thriller with edge-of-the-seat chases but underneath lies a telling commentary on government surveillance. It is one of those truth-in-fiction stories which makes its point about government intrusion into privacy dramatically and effectively.

There are references to the classic, The Conversation: The surveilled couple talking in the park, and the Hackman character's premises are an obvious recreation of his workshop in the earlier movie. If you haven't yet seen The Conversation - see it before you see this one - you will understand the Hackman character a lot better (besides, it is a superb movie in its own right).

Oh, and Jon Voight is terrific as the bad guy...


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