1998 Tony Scott thriller about the NSA and the surveillance society


Enemy of the State (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue NSA agents who kill a US Congressman and try to cover up the murder. It was written by David Marconi, directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It stars Will Smith and Gene Hackman, with Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, and Regina King in supporting roles. ..."

Cast and Crew

Gene HackmanEdward "Brill" Lyle
Will SmithRobert Clayton Dean

Video Products

Enemy of the State (1998), 15 Jun 1999
Enemy of the State ( + Digital Copy) (1998), 15 Sep 2009

Memorable Lines

Brill coments on the telecommunications industry
"The government's been in bed with the entire telecommunications industry since the forties. They've infected everything. They get into your bank statements, computer files, email, listen to your phone calls ... Every wire, every airwave. The more technology is used, the easier it is for them to keep tabs on you. It's a brave new world out there. At least it'd better be."


Enemy of the State (1998), by Stephen W. Carson
"A delightfully paranoid warning about the power of government in a technological age set in an action thriller format. Will Smith plays the lead, a man who finds himself hunted by government agents for no reason that he can fathom. ... Gene Hackman plays ... an expert on snooping technology whose paranoia isolates him from others. ..."