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Encyclopedia > Enemy of the state
Enemy of the State
Directed by Tony Scott
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Chad Oman executive producer
Written by David Marconi
Starring Will Smith
Gene Hackman
Jon Voight
Lisa Bonet
Regina King
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) November 16, 1998 (USA)
Running time 131 mins.
Language English
Budget approximately $85,000,000 USD
IMDb profile

Enemy of the State is a 1998 film written by David Marconi, directed by Tony Scott, and starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet and Regina King. The film grossed over $250,000,000 worldwide ($111,549,836 domestically - all figures in USD). Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... See also Tony Scott for the American clarinet jazz musician. ... Jerome Leon Bruckheimer (born September 21, 1945) is a film and television producer in the genre of action, drama, and science fiction. ... David Marconi is an American screenwriter and film director. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Eugene Allen Hackman[1] (born January 30, 1930) is an acclaimed Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Jonathan Vincent Jon Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. ... Regina King (born January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film and television actress. ... The current logo for Touchstone Pictures films since 2002 Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... David Marconi is an American screenwriter and film director. ... See also Tony Scott for the American clarinet jazz musician. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Eugene Allen Hackman[1] (born January 30, 1930) is an acclaimed Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Jonathan Vincent Jon Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. ... Regina King (born January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film and television actress. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


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

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As the movie opens, legislation is pending to expand surveillance powers of law enforcement agencies. Republican Congressman Phil Hammersleigh (Jason Robards, uncredited), who is trying to stop the bill because he believes it's an invasion of privacy, is killed by several rogue NSA agents loyal to Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight), an official trying to push the bill to secure a promotion for himself within the agency. The agents then plant a bottle of heart medication at the scene to make it look as though Senator Hammersligh died from a heart attack. They are not aware that the murder is being recorded by a video camera aimed directly across the lake used to track migratory patterns of Canada Geese. Legislation (or statutory law) is law which has been promulgated (or enacted) by a legislature or other governing body. ... Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) is a generic term used for local and state police, as well as federal agencies (such as the FBI, the BATF, DHS, Europol, Interpol, etc. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Invasion of privacy is a legal term essentially defined as a violation of the right to be left alone. ... The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is the U.S. governments cryptologic organization. ... Jonathan Vincent Jon Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Binomial name Branta canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758) Canada Goose distribution, including introduced and feral populations Yellow: summer Blue: winter Green: year-round Subspecies Dusky Canada Goose Vancouver Canada Goose Lesser Canada Goose Moffitts Canada Goose Giant Canada Goose Interior Canada Goose Atlantic Canada Goose The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) belongs...


A researcher named Daniel Zavitz (Jason Lee) removes the tape from the camera and, upon playing it, sees that Senator Hammersligh was murdered and did not die of a sudden heart attack as was reported on the news. However, an NSA agent saw Zavitz retrieve the tape from its camera. Zavitz copies the tape onto a computer cartridge. When the agents show up, he hides it in a TurboExpress and runs. Jason M. Lee (born April 25, 1970, in Orange, California, USA) is a Golden Globe Award nominated American actor and former professional skateboarder. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games The TurboExpress or (PC Engine GT in Japan) was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249. ...


Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a labour lawyer working in trade union cases. While shopping at a lingerie store for his wife, Dean encounters Zavitz, an old friend from Georgetown University, fleeing the NSA agents. Zavitz drops the cartridge with the murder footage into Dean's shopping bag and flees. Outside the store, Zavitz takes a bike, rides across a busy street, and is hit by a firetruck and killed. Using high-tech satellite technology, the agents quickly determine that Dean is likely to have the tape, and they endeavor to get it back. The agents visit Dean, who is unaware that Zavitz gave him the video, and attempt to get him to turn it over. When he does not cooperate, they disrupt his credit line and invade his personal life. They ransack and bug his house and install tracking devices in his watch, cellular phone, and clothing. When some time passes and he still does not come around, they turn up the pressure by killing Dean's ex-girlfriend and associate Rachel (Lisa Bonet) and framing him for the murder. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A trade union or labor union is a continuous association of wage-earners for the purpose of maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on January 23, 1789... IMINT, short for IMagery INTelligence, is an intelligence gathering discipline which collects information via satellite and aerial photography. ... Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. ...


Prior to her murder, Rachel had helped Dean with difficult investigations relating to his law practice. She had an associate, Brill (Gene Hackman) who could conduct difficult electronic surveillances with a minimum of trouble. After Rachel is killed, Brill and Dean make contact and wind up working together to combat the rogue agents. Among one of their exploits, Brill manages to turn the tables on Reynolds' by ruining his credit, planting surveillance equipment in his home and even sending flowers as an indication he might be having an affair, which raises his wife's ire. After the video of Hammersleigh's murder is accidentally destroyed, Dean and Brill stage an encounter with the agents. After their initial plan goes wrong, Dean claims that the leader of the Pintero mafia family has the tape Reynolds is after. When they go to retrieve it, the situation becomes a Mexican standoff between the agents and mobsters. The mafia headquarters, which is under FBI surveillance, proves an untenable location for the conspiracy to remain a secret. A large shootout ensues, with Dean and Brill among the survivors; Reynolds and nearly all of the agents involved in the conspiracy and most of the mobsters are killed. The FBI sweeps in, the plot behind the legislation is revealed, and the only two surviving conspirators, computer nerds Fiedler (Jack Black) and Jamie (Jamie Kennedy) are under investigation by law enforcement. Eugene Allen Hackman[1] (born January 30, 1930) is an acclaimed Academy Award-winning American actor. ... The Mafia (also referred to as Cosa Nostra or the Mob), is a criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... In the film Reservoir Dogs, Eddie, Joe, and Mr. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... James Harvey Kennedy (born May 25, 1970) is an American comedian and actor. ...


Dean is cleared of all charges and returns home with his wife. Brill, who quietly left the scene of the bloodbath after he saw that Dean survived, resurfaces with a message to Dean through the television in his home. First, Dean sees a live image of himself on the screen and fears that his troubles have returned, only to then see a blurred image on screen revealing Brill's cat and a tropical scene of Brill's legs with a message reading, "Wish you were here."


Cast

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Trivia

  • While most of the addresses and locations mentioned in the movie are in Washington, DC, the vast majority of the filming was done in the neighboring city of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • The film's setting is around Christmas time, but was actually filmed in January and February of 1997. Many of the filming locations were asked to haul all of their holiday decor back out and "re-decorate."
  • Filming crews had hoped to film a few "white Christmas" scenes, but the winter of 1997 brought warm temperatures, and no snow, to the Baltimore area.
  • The movie had a Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM) consultant in the staff, who also played a minor role as a spy shop merchant.
  • The movie deals heavily with issues that were subsequently debated on the United States Patriot Act.
  • Reynolds, the antagonist and foremost proponent of the anti-privacy bill, was born on September 11, 1940 which was the date Bell Labs researcher, George Stibitz, demonstrated the first remote operation (i.e. over a phone line) of a computer machine.
  • Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise were considered for the part that went to Will Smith. George Clooney was also considered for a role in the film, which may have been that of Reynolds.
  • In the film, the ferry that Dean rides is mentioned to have a destination to Gibson Island, a real island on the coast of the Chesapeake Bay. However, no such ferry exists, as Gibson Island is a privately-owned corporation.
  • Shots of the NSA satellite, seen frequently during the movie, were re-used in the pilot episode of the TV series 24.

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See also

  • Conspiracy thriller
  • Enema of the State, an album by blink-182 which came out a year later.
  • The Conversation, Gene Hackman's 1974 film, is referenced several times in Enemy of the State. For the old identification photo appearing in Brill's dossier, a photo of Hackman as surveillance expert Harry Caul in The Conversation is shown. Brill's security center in an abandoned warehouse is very similar to that used by Harry Caul during the events of The Conversation. Also, at Brill's warehouse, Barry Pepper (playing one of Reynold's agents) is wearing the same type of plastic raincoat that Hackman's character wore in The Conversation. Some fans have speculated that Brill is, in fact, an older and wiser Caul.

The conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of the thriller which flourished in the 1970s in the US (and was echoed in other parts of the world) in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals and controversies (most notably Vietnam, the assassination of President Kennedy, Chappaquiddick... Enema of the State, Blink-182s third, and most successful, studio album, was released June 1, 1999, on MCA Records and features the hits Whats My Age Again?, Adams Song and All the Small Things, which would later appear on the greatest hits. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The Conversation is a 1974 mystery and thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall (uncredited), Teri Garr, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ...

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