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Enemy of the State

Director: Tony Scott Run Time: 132 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1998

Starring: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King

B-Sides, Will Smith: Will Smith was several years into his film career when he starred in Tony Scott’s thriller, which has him front and center, proving he made for a compelling lead.

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.