Enemy of the State (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Tony Scott Starring: Will Smith Gene Hackman

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A former NSA operative aids the innocent victim of a politically motivated assassination cover-up. Directed by Tony Scott.System Requirements:Run Time: 127 MinutesFormat: BLU-RAY DISC


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 203168346
UPC 786936724936
UPC 14 00786936724936
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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
Quote "What the hell is happening?!"--Dean|"I blew up the building."--Brill|"Why?!"--Dean|"Because you made a phone call!"--Brill
Quote "If you live another day, I'll be very impressed."--Brill to Dean
Rolling Stone "...[A] dynamic thriller....[Will Smith] is sensational..." 12/10/1998 p.133
Entertainment Weekly "...A high-adrenaline action thriller....Smith is a fresh choice..." -- Rating: B 01/08/1999 p.50
USA Today "...[A] brisk, grown-up thriller...Will Smith delivers a terrifically ingratiating performance..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/11/1998 p.9E
New York Times "...It has a hurtling pace, nonstop intensity, and a stylish, appealing performance by Will Smith..." 11/20/1998 p.E1
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Hackman is fantastic....[The film is] one of Scott's best." 07/01/2006 p.101
Tony Scott
Will Smith
Gene Hackman
Cast & Crew
Barry Pepper - Actor
Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Daniel Mindel - Cinematographer
David Marconi - Writer
Gene Hackman - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams, et. al. - Original Music By
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Jon Voight - Actor
Tony Scott - Director
Will Smith - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 5346403
UPC 00786936724936
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 132 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (1999) Image Award, Will Smith, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Regina King, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Enemy Of The State, Outstanding Motion Picture
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Enemy of the State is the latest entry into the suddenly-hot thriller subgenre of films that, because of convoluted plots characterized by bursts of action and unexpected twists, are fun to watch even if they defy logic. In addition to being an in-your-face experience, this kind of movie exudes self-confidence, never doubting for a moment that the viewer will buy into the premise (no matter how ludicrous it might be) and come along for the sheer exhilaration of the ride.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Enemy of the State uses the thriller genre to attack what it calls "the surveillance society," an America in which underground computers at Fort Meade monitor our phone calls for trigger words like "bomb," "president" and "Allah." It stars Will Smith as a Washington, D.C., lawyer whose life is dismantled bit by bit (and byte by byte) because he possesses proof that a congressman was murdered for opposing a bill that would make government snooping easier.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...more than enough pizazz...
Mike Clark, USA Today The picture is solidly crafted, performed to the hilt and full of humor.

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