Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State

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Director: Tony Scott

Cast: Tony Scott, Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight

     
 

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Tony Scott's cyber-conspiracy thriller Enemy of the State comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, and a few bonus features, including a "making of" featurette, a featurette on Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and the theatrical trailer. Though full-length commentaries from Scott, Gene Hackman, or Will Smith would have added to theSee more details below

Overview

Tony Scott's cyber-conspiracy thriller Enemy of the State comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, and a few bonus features, including a "making of" featurette, a featurette on Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and the theatrical trailer. Though full-length commentaries from Scott, Gene Hackman, or Will Smith would have added to the disc's merits, Enemy of the State's nonstop action and humor still make the DVD worthwhile.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Mounted with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott's usual big budget flash, Enemy of the State (1998) is The Conversation (1974), action blockbuster-style. Updating 1970s paranoia for the late 1990s computer/short attention span age, Enemy of the State transforms a story about an innocent man caught in a web of government conspiracy into a prolonged high tech chase through Washington D.C., complete with an eclectic cast of up-and-comers, including Jack Black, Jamie Kennedy and Barry Pepper, as assorted amoral government operatives. With aerial shots and visuals mimicking sophisticated radar, Scott reveals unwitting victim Will Smith's plight with customary flair, eschewing psychological depth in favor of relentless action. While crotchety surveillance expert Brill could be an older version of The Conversation's Harry Caul (especially since they're both played by Gene Hackman), the intrinsic uncertainty permeating that film (as well as The Parallax View (1974) and Three Days of the Condor (1975)) is transformed into a more clear-cut case of evil bureaucrats vs. the wrong man. Still, anchored by Smith's and Hackman's assured performances, Enemy of the State managed to be a notch more thought provoking than the usual Bruckheimer fare and became a respectable holiday season hit.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1999
UPC:
0717951001634
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
1,871

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; French-language track; Production featurette; Filmmakers' featurette; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Robert Clayton Dean
Gene Hackman Brill
Jon Voight Reynolds
Lisa Bonet Rachel Banks
Regina King Carla Dean
Jason Robards Congressman (uncredited)
Stuart Wilson Congressman Albert
Tom Sizemore Pintero (uncredited)
Loren Dean Hicks
Barry Pepper Pratt
Ian Hart Bingham
Jake Busey Krug
Scott Caan Jones
Jason Lee Zavitz
Gabriel Byrne Brill's Connection
James LeGros Jerry Miller
Ivana Milicevic Sales Girl
Seth Green Selby (uncredited)
Jamie Kennedy Jamie
Jack Black Fiedler
Lillo Brancato Young worker

Technical Credits
Tony Scott Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
David Marconi Screenwriter
Jennifer A. Davis Art Director
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
Benjamin Fernandez Production Designer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Bill Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Dan Mindel Cinematographer
James Murakami Art Director
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
James W. Skotchdopole Executive Producer
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Victoria Thomas Casting

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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
1. Program start [:09]
2. Eliminating the opposition [:12]
3. Opening credits [:25]
4. Taking on the mob [:25]
5. A visit with Pintero [3:37]
6. A problem at the lake [1:51]
7. Zavitz's tape [1:51]
8. Rabbit on the run [:01]
9. Dean's profile [:08]
10. Unexpected visitors [:08]
11. Getting into Dean's life [3:31]
12. Dean's life in shambles [:14]
13. Conversation with Rachel [:14]
14. A rough cab ride [4:01]
15. Brill [:05]
16. Moving target [:05]
17. Tunnel vision [1:34]
18. Winning Carla over [:13]
19. The setup [:13]
20. The jar [1:32]
21. Time bomb [:16]
22. Edward Lyle [:16]
23. Turning the tables [:19]
24. A call from Brill [3:52]
25. "Let the games begin" [3:44]
26. Getting the tape back [2:08]
27. Dean's plan [:07]
28. Wrap-up [:07]
29. End credits [3:14]

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