• Enemy of the State (1998)

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Release Date: November 20th, 1998

DVD Release Date: June 15th, 1999

R|2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary
Corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) has a congressman assassinated to assure the passage of expansive new surveillance legislation. When a videotape of the murder ends up in the hands of Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer and dedicated family man, he is framed for murder. With the help of ex-intelligence agent Edward "Brill" Lyle (Gene Hackman), Dean attempts to throw Reynolds off his trail and prove his innocence.

Cast: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King, Stuart Wilson, Tom Sizemore, Loren Dean

Director: Tony Scott

Genres: Action, Thriller

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Distributors: Buena Vista International [us], Touchstone Home Video, Buena Vista Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The picture is solidly crafted, performed to the hilt and full of humor. show more

  • In too much of a hurry to be much of a people picture. And the standoff at the end edges perilously close to the ridiculous, for a movie that's tried so hard to be plausible. show more

  • Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott have wisely set their course by Will Smith, who is sensational in a dramatic role that leans on him to carry a movie without the help of aliens or Big Willie-style jokes for every occasion. show more

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