Enemy of the State R

It's not paranoia if they're really after you.
Enemy of the State
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 15, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Touchstone / Disney
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
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Executive Production by , &

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Why are they after me'"--Robert Dean (Will Smith)
"You have something they want."--Brill (Gene Hackman)
"I don't have anything!"--Dean
"Maybe you do and you don't know it."
  - Brill
"What the hell is happening'!"--Dean
"I blew up the building."--Brill
"Because you made a phone call!"
  - Brill
"If you live another day, I'll be very impressed."
  - Brill to Dean

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 84


User Ratings: 372,932
Rating: 7/10 -- As a simple thriller that wants only to excite and intensify, it's one of the better ones that the late '90s produced. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Aug 1, 2013
4 stars out of 5 -- Hackman is fantastic....[The film is] one of Scott's best.
Ultimate DVD
Jul 1, 2006
Rating: 2.5/4 -- From there, with the mystery entirely gone and the thrills fading fast, the rest is pretty much a two-hour chase sequence, culminating in a hilariously maladroit shoot-out. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Mar 19, 2002
Maybe the most relevant movie now among Jerry Bruckheimer’s enjoyably bombastic '90s action flicks...
USA Today
Apr 7, 2020
Add Smith's lippy innocent and a host of subcontracted indie fresh faces, and you have the Bruckheimer formula: loud, lavish, seemingly efficient; over-large, over-long, over-plotted. Safe and sorry. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Since Scott could not make this film snap, crackle or pop faster or more loudly, you might find the evening a bit light.
Houston Chronicle
Jul 21, 2005
Rating: 4/5 -- A highly enjoyable hi-tech thriller. Full Review
Mar 30, 2009

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

In Tony Scott's ENEMY OF THE STATE, a lawyer unwittingly discovers evidence of a serious politically-motivated crime. Federal agents eager to cover up their crime proceed to turn his life upside-down and ruin his reputation, thanks to the latest in high-tech surveillance techniques. The film features various connections to Francis Ford Coppola's brilliant 1974 film, THE CONVERSATION.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: November 20, 1998.
  • Filmed in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland.
  • ENEMY OF THE STATE is closely connected to Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film, THE CONVERSATION, which also stars Gene Hackman. A past photograph of Hackman's character, Brill, in ENEMY OF THE STATE is actually a shot of Hackman as Harry Caul in THE CONVERSATION. It's implied that they are the same character under different aliases.
  • The film also shares similarities with Wim Wenders's THE END OF VIOLENCE, which shares actors Gabriel Byrne and Loren Dean, as well as a similar techno-surveillance theme.
  • Jason Robards, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Sizemore, and Seth Green make uncredited appearances in the film.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 2,632
  • UPC: 717951001634
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