Enemy of the State

Directed By: Tony Scott Starring: Will Smith Gene Hackman

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by Malik on 2/4/2009

Already owned the first release of this movie wanted the extended version and it was worth the money.

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Product Overview

Will Smith is Robert Clayton Dean, a respected Washington D.C. attorney who...without his knowledge...is 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!


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202270641
UPC 786936232943
UPC 14 00786936232943
Format DVD
Release Date 6/15/2015
Rating NR
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
Benjamin Fern‡ndez - Production Designer
Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Daniel Mindel - Director of Photography
David Marconi - Screenplay
Gene Hackman - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams - Musical Score
Jerry Bruckheimer, et al. - Producer
John Voight - Actor
Lisa Bonet - Actor
Marlene Stewart - Costume Designer
Tony Scott - Director
Will Smith - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 3340003
UPC 00786936232943
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Image Award (1999) , Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture,Regina King, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Motion Picture,Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
MTV Award (1999) Will Smith, Nominee, Best Male Performance
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...it'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.
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Unrated, DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Janet Maslin, The New York Times Enemy of the State...has a hurtling pace, nonstop intensity and a stylish, appealing performance by Will Smith...
Rolling Stone A dynamite thriller!

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