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1998 Tony Scott thriller about the NSA and the surveillance society
Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State is a 1998 American action-thriller film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by David Marconi. The film stars Will Smith and Gene Hackman, with Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Gabriel Byrne, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper and Regina King in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a group of NSA agents conspiring to kill a Congressman and the cover up that ensues after a tape of the murder is discovered.

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. ...

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