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Enemy of the State (1998)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 20, 1998
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 1999
 R2: 8 Jan 2001

Budget $90,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and violence.

Running Time
2 hours, 11 minutes

Country USA

Studio Scott Free Productions, Touchstone Pictures

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Other Titles
• Enemy of the State
• Der Staatsfeind Nr. 1 (1998)

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Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Murder, Political, Suspense, Christmas, Marriage, Law, Blackmail, Gore, Satire, Revenge, Gangsters

Tagline: It's not paranoia if they're really after you.

Plot: Robert Dean (Will Smith) is a labor lawyer who is unknowingly in possession of evidence related to a serious politically motivated crime. Government agents eager to hide their guilt believe that Dean is on to them, and proceed to turn his life upside-down, ruin his reputation, and frame him for various incidents, thanks to the latest in high-tech government surveillance techniques. In an attempt to clear his name and reclaim his life, Dean teams up with the reclusive Brill (Gene Hackman), a former federal employee who has as much high-tech equipment and expertise as the government itself. Hackman's role is an extension of Harry Caul, the character he portrayed in Francis Ford Coppola's brilliant 1974 film, THE CONVERSATION. Smith scores as a man who is desperate to reclaim his identity and prove his innocence. This intense technological thrill-ride from director Tony Scott questions how much access the government should have to the communications of private citizens, and leaves the viewer with the unsettling feeling that Big Brother is definitely watching. Watch for the uncredited appearances of Jason Robards, Seth Green, Tom Sizemore, and Philip Baker Hall.

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 Directed by
Tony Scott
Top Gun, True Romance, Man on Fire
 Written by
David Marconi
The Harvest, The Informer
Will Smith
Independence Day, Men in Black, I, Robot
Gene Hackman
The Royal Tenenbaums, Unforgiven, Young Frankenstein
Jon Voight
Heat, Pearl Harbor, Mission: Impossible
Lisa Bonet
High Fidelity, Angel Heart, Biker Boyz
Regina King
Jerry Maguire, Ray, Friday
Stuart Wilson
The Mask of Zorro, Lethal Weapon 3, Vertical Limit
Barry Pepper
Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, 25th Hour
 Music By
Harry Gregson-Williams
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Trevor Rabin
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