Enemy of the State
is a 1998 spy-thriller
film directed by Tony Scott
, written by David Marconi, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
, and released by Touchstone Pictures
. The film stars Will Smith
, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet and Regina King.
A group of rogue operatives from the 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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