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''Enemy of the State'' is a 1998 [[ConspiracyThriller spy-thriller]] film directed by Creator/TonyScott, written by David Marconi, produced by JerryBruckheimer, and released by Creator/TouchstonePictures. The film stars WillSmith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet and Regina King.

A group of rogue operatives from the [[{{NSA}} National Security Agency]] kill a congressman who would interfere with a bill to expand the government's authority for covert surveillance, but are caught in the act by a wildlife researcher's hidden camera. The NSA finds out about the researcher's tape, and the expanding cloud of coverups, murder and surveillance sucks in Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer who unwittingly has the tape passed on to him. The NSA agents proceed to bug Dean's house and belongings, ruin his marriage, and destroy his life to get him to surrender the tape. Soon, the only friend he has is the retired NSA agent "Brill" (Gene Hackman), who's learned how paranoid you have to be in this kind of world...
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!!''Enemy of the State'' contains examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Dean has to be this if he wants to beat his enemies.
* ActorAllusion: A photo of Hackman's character in ''Film/TheConversation'' is used for Brill's file. Critics such as KimNewman advanced the theory that the two characters are one and the same.
* AnAssKickingChristmas
* BadassGrandpa: Brill
* BadassLongcoat: Some Marine mooks wear longcoats. Not the best outfit to run faster, but they look cool.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Dean comes up with one, which results in a BlastOut.]]
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Rachel's death for Brill]]
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Basically the whole premise of the movie.
* BlackHelicopter
* BlastOut: [[spoiler:Dean manages to basically have the NSA agents who've already captured him and the Mafia goons from the start of the film kill each other]].
* {{Cameo}}: [[spoiler:Used to good effect (provided you haven't seen the trailer) when Gabriel Byrne briefly appears, pretending to be Brill.]]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Spy Devices initially used on Dean are turned around against a Congressman and the NSA director, then are once more used against Dean in the finale, but this time as a more comedic event.
* ChekhovsGun: The Lingerie Dean bought for his wife. When it comes up later in the film it is PlayedForLaughs, but it hints Dean to the fact that it was at the Lingerie Store where [[spoiler:Zavitz dropped the incriminating footage in Dean's shopping bag]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The Mafia boys from the beginning of the movie.]]
* ConspiracyThriller
* CorruptPolitician: Reynolds
* DeadpanSnarker: Reynolds has his moments. One of his underlings mentions in passing that Dean's wife is attached to the ACLU, and he quips:
-->'''Reynolds:''' Well I suppose [Zavitz] could have given [the tape] directly to [[Film/AllThePresidentsMen Bob Woodward]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: Brill
* EnemyMine
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* EnhanceButton: It can even let them look at things ''blocked'' by the camera's view, though it gets a HandWave by saying that they are merely looking at extrapolations based on surrounding elements such as shadows, and assumptions, such as them presuming that a shadow might be cast by an object they suspect is blocked from view. Oddly, this technology is not compatible with SpySatellites.
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation along with EnhanceButton
* {{Fanservice}}: The Lingerie models, [[spoiler:Dean's wife in the lingerie, and Dean himself.]] All of those examples are justified by the plot.
* FakingAndEntering: Dean pretends to be a deliveryman to enter an hotel room and delay his pursuit.
* GovernmentConspiracy
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Subverted. See RevealingCoverup.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Daniel's attempt at escape.
* InsistentTerminology: Sizemore's mafia character refers to Dean as a "shyster" lawyer. Dean politely corrects him, saying that "shyster" is for Jewish people, and as a person of African-American descent, he would be an "eggplant". This is, in fact, [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=melanzane a term used by people of Italian descent]] [[ShownTheirWork to refer to people of color]].
* IronicEcho: "You're either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid."
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: The wildlife researcher who dumps the video onto Dean.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Brill uses a Baltimore PD uniform as a disguise to meet with the bad guys. [[spoiler: Becomes a ChekhovsGun when an FBI surveilance team sees him being ushered out of a van in front of a Mafia front they are doing surveilance on.]]
* LenoDevice: A Republican senator appears on Larry King.
* LingerieScene: [[FanserviceExtra Both models in a lingerie shop]] and Dean's wife. And it's plot-relevant ''both'' times.
* LookBothWays : Zavitz, the wildlife researcher.
* TheMafia
* MagicalSecurityCam
* MaliciousSlander
* MexicanStandoff: [[spoiler:On a grand scale. Apparently played for laughs too when you know both parties are being suckered big time.]]
* MisterMuffykins: Dean's wife's stupid little dog, Porsche (which looks just like the one in the photo on that page!) Dean clearly can't stand it (who could?)
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: [[spoiler:Dean engineers a meeting between the NSA and the mafiosos from the beginning of the movie. Neither party realizes that they're talking about two different tapes]].
* PlotCoupon: The disk with the murder.
* ProperlyParanoid : Brill. Then again, used to be a spook as well. Also see the TagLine.
* PsychoForHire: Krug and Jones, the two ex-military cutouts Reynolds asks for, a pair of dishonorably discharged marines who were jailed for beating up their Gunnery Sergeant. Particularly Jones, who is not sorry about it.
* PunchClockVillain: The technicians who work for Reynolds (one of them even seems to take a vacation for the rest of the movie - see 'What Happened to the Mouse?')
* RevealingCoverup: Dean actually knows nothing about the disk he has, and only starts investigating when the NSA goons start leaning on him.
* RunningGag: Dean's blender which is stolen by the NSA goons.
* SinisterSurveillance
* SpiesInAVan: At a certain point, Dean decides to shoot 'em back by calling the cops about "a van in front of my house, possibly trafficking drugs!" HilarityEnsues.
* TheSpook
* SpottingTheThread : Dean becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Brill]] due to a verbal slip up. [[spoiler: The real Brill rescues him shortly after.]]
* SpySatellites: One major limitation is pointed out: The satellites are only terribly useful if the person you are trying to track ever looks up. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Brill]] makes a point of keeping his head level and wearing a baseball cap.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: To the point where they can look at things explicitely out of the camera's view. At the same time, SpySatellites seem very limited.
* TagLine: "[[ProperlyParanoid It's not paranoia if they're really after you.]]"
* TakeOffYourClothes: Brill asks this to Dean in order to search for bugs. Eventually he does... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to the enjoyment of an Asian lady.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: For a tech thriller, it's certainly strange in retrospect to see characters making such extensive use of ZIP discs.
* TelevisionGeography: The Baltimore and DC locations change pretty quickly...
* TrainEscape
* TrainingAccident: Or at least that was how they planned it to look like.
* TropicalEpilogue: Brill's character in a video message.
* TheUnfettered: Reynolds, who will do anything he considers necessary to protect his country, and his career. Which includes having people killed (at one point he almost does it himself) His goal here is to create even more of a surveillance society by getting the Privacy Bill passed by Congress, because America is constantly under threat.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Seth Green (the techie who leads the mobile surveillance team) just completely disappears halfway through the film, with no word of explanation. With what he must have known, surely he wasn't someone they'd let zip off somewhere. Did Green suddenly become unavailable halfway through filming?
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen: One of the aesops of the film.
-->'''Congressman:''' We knew that we had to monitor our enemies. We've also come to realize that we need to monitor the people who are monitoring them.\\
'''Carla:''' Well, who's going to monitor the monitors of the monitors?
* WrongfullyAccused
* WrongInsultOffence:
-->Actually, I believe the slur "shyster" is generally reserved for Jewish attorneys. I believe the proper slur for someone like myself would be "eggplant".
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