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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The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's See more details below

Overview

The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith, is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman). Between the explosions and chases is the subtext of George Orwell's 1984 mantra "beware of big brother," as Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy.

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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:
11/02/1999
UPC:
0786936091526
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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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