Enemy of the State

1998

Enemy of the State

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An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.

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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 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. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi

Cast

Will Smith
as Robert Clayton Dean
Regina King
as Carla Dean
Jon Voight
as Thomas Brian Reynolds
Lisa Bonet
as Rachel Banks
Laura Cayouette
as Christa Hawkins
Ian Hart
as Bingham
Jason Lee
as Zavitz
Jason Robards
as Senator Hammersly
Tom Sizemore
as Pintero
James Le Gros
as Jerry Miller
Stuart Wilson
as Congressman Albert
Ivana Milicevic
as Sales Girl
Dan Butler
as Shaffer
Jack Black
as Fielder
Seth Green
as Selby (uncredited)
Anna Gunn
as Emily Reynolds
Rebecca Silva
as Marie the Nanny
Carl Mergenthaler
as Mike at Law Firm
Mattias Kraemer
as Gas Station Cashier
Lillo Brancato Jr.
as Young worker
John Capodice
as Older Worker No. 1
Vic Manni
as Vic/Old Mobster
Ivana Milavich
as Ruby's Sales Clerk
Patsy Grady Abrams
as Accident Bystander
Beatriz Mayoral
as Reynold's Nanny
Kasey Lynn Quinn
as Reynold's Daughter
Allison Sie
as Hotel Desk Clerk
John Cenatiempo
as Young Mobster No. 1
Frank Medrano
as Bartender
Dennis S. Fahey
as Cop with Ambulance
John Haynes Walker
as Fireman No. 1
Joseph Patrick Kelly
as Fireman No. 2
Lennox Brown
as Tunnel Maintenance Worker
Martin Bosworth
as Bike Messenger
Nancy Yee
as Mrs. Wu
Troy Anthony Cephers
as ANA Hotel Security
Carlos Gomez
as FBI Agent
Arnie Alpert
as Robert Gersicoff
Greg Collins
as FBI Supervisor
Doug Roberts
as Hijacked Car Driver
Larry King
as Himself
Warren Olney
as TV Anchor No. 1
Penny Griego
as TV Anchor No. 2
Eric Keung
as Mambo Kitchen Worker No. 1
David Han
as Mambo Kitchen Worker No. 2
Mandy Kriss
as Reporter No. 1
Noel Werking
as Reporter No. 2
Sam De Crispino
as Reporter No. 3
Rhonda Overby
as Field Reporter No. 1
Lille Shaw Hamer
as Field Reporter No. 2
Brenna McDonough
as Field Reporter No. 3
Callison Slater
as Child No. 1
Colin Brodie
as Child No. 2
Daniel Cano Carrillo
as Hallway Lawyer
Joy Ehrlich
as Mom in Diner
Eric Olson
as Aide No. 1
Thomas F. Troy
as Aide No. 2
Adam Karkowsky
as Aide No. 3
Steve Uhrig
as Electronic Store Employee
Robyn Killian
as Model No. 1
Laura Eizenia
as Model No. 2
Angelica Pamintuan
as Model No. 3
Vene Arcoraci
as Model No. 4
Charlie Curtis
as Model No. 5
Michael J. Walker
as Union Official
Jacklilynn Ward
as Pintero's Sister
Jason Welch
as Pintero's Kid No. 1
Joshua B. Ward
as Pintero's Kid No. 2
Pete Suton
as Dean House Cop
Tom Quinn
as Tunnel Technician
Robert A. O'Rourke
as FBI Observer No. 1
John Allendorfer
as FBI Observer No. 2
Henry Sandler
as FBI Observer No. 3
Chris Holt
as Himself
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  • Jan 13, 2016
    A well told gripping thriller from start to finish that's brilliantly acted by Will Smith, Ok it has a few flaws but the story was very clever and the ending was well done and great, No real action but it didn't really need any, It's not for everyone but those that are into well told thrillers will love it.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2014
    Enemy of the State is an action-packed Christmas film from director Tony Scott. While out shopping high-powered lawyer Robert Dean is secretly given a file that incriminates the NSA in the death of a U.S. senator, which soon makes Dean the target of a government black ops team that's seeking to eliminate the file and everyone connected to it. The cast is quite impressive, featuring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, and Barry Pepper. However, the writing's a little weak and over-the-top with its complicated plots and broad characterizations. Yet there's a bit of fun to the madcap adventure, and the action scenes are shot especially well. Exciting and full of thrills, Enemy of the State is an entertaining popcorn film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    a grand take on the conspiracy story with the likable willis in the lead. tony scott does he's usual style but he doesn't go over board like most of he's films. the cast is quite grand and offers a backbone to the story instead of just having this guy running around for two hours. solid thriller and interesting take on technology invading our privacy
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2012
    A very smart and intelligent thriller that is definitely worth a watch. Will Smith is very good in a serious role and carries the convictions and emotions of his character with sheer charisma. The story is very clever and always has an unexpected little twist here and there with a very clever ending scene. The stunts and action scenes are brilliant and show how technology really can carry the advantage. The chases with Will against highly trained 'soldiers' and smart Teckies is brilliant and delivers some high octane thrills and suspense. Even though the running time seems long I assure you it goes quickly because you are so captivated by the 'one man against the world plot' that you are eager for whatever comes next. This has a very interesting premise that has a variety of positives under it's belt to carry the weight and serves well as a very unique conspiracy tale. Overall a smart and interesting thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.
    Luke C Super Reviewer

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