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Director: Tony Scott     Starring: Will Smith Gene Hackman
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202270641
UPC: 786936232943
UPC 14: 00786936232943
Category Keywords: Action  Technology  Theatrical Release
Rating: NR
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It's Not Paranoia If They're Really After You.
Will Smith is Robert Clayton Dean, a respected Washington D.C. attorney who...without his given an explosive piece of video that ties a top national security official to a political murder! Instantly, Dean is targeted by a covert team of lethal government surveillance operatives...who systematically wage a relentless, ultra high-tech campaign to discredit him and retrieve the incriminating evidence!

"Enemy of the State...has a hurtling pace, nonstop intensity and a stylish, appealing performance by Will Smith...  Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"A dynamite thriller!  Rolling Stone

Editor's 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.


Video Features Unrated, DVD, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/15/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 132 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3340003
Video UPC UPC: 00786936232943
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info John Voight
Video Cast Info Lisa Bonet
Video Cast Info Will Smith
Video Cast Info Benjamin Fern‡ndez - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Video Cast Info Daniel Mindel - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Marconi - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Harry Gregson-Williams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jerry Bruckheimer, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Marlene Stewart - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Tony Scott - Director
Plot 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.


Image Award (1999)
   Video Award Name , Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Regina King, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Motion Picture

MTV Award (1999)
   Video Award Name Will Smith, Nominee, Best Male Performance

Memorable Quotes

"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|"Why?!"----Dean|"Because you made a phone call!"----Brill

"If you live another day, I'll be very impressed."----Brill to Dean

Professional Reviews

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

The New York Times 8 of 10's the gigahertz that are hot in a thriller that treats technology as its biggest turn-on. High-tech surveillance ("Enhance, then forward frame by frame!") is at the heart of this latest splashy collaboration between Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Crimson Tide), with its premise that privacy is imperiled by runaway electronics... The film's horde of foxy screens, transmitters, buttonhole cameras and laptops probably deserve an acting credit of their own. - Janet Maslin

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
The movie is fast-paced, centered around two big chase scenes, and ending in a clever double-cross that leads to a big shootout... But by and large the movie works. Smith is credible as a good lawyer who is blindsided by the misused power of the state. - Roger Ebert

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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