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Robert Dean is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Pintero. Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Reynolds is negotiating with Congressman Phillip Hammersley about a new surveillance system with satellites. But, Hammersley declines; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is chased by Reynolds' team of NSA agents. The guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the NSA decides to get into Dean's life. That is when Dean's life began to fall apart all around him, with his wife and job both gone. Dean wants to find out what is going on. Then, he meets a man named "Brill" who tells him that Dean has something that the government wants. Dean and Brill formulate a plan to get Dean's life back and turn the tables on Reynolds. Written by John Wiggins
Plot Keywords:on the run | nsa | surveillance | congressman | national security agency | See All (99) »
Taglines:Invasion of Privacy See more »
Genres:Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
Certificate:12 | See all certifications »
Parents Guide:View content advisory »
Release Date:17 December 1998 (Germany) See more »
Also Known As:Der Staatsfeind Nr. 1 See more »
Filming Locations:4809 Boston St, Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »
Opening Weekend:,038,573 (USA) jen brill get the look (20 November 1998)
Gross:1,544,445 (USA) (16 April 1999) See more »
Production Co:Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films See more »
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Runtime:132 min | 140 min (extended)
Sound Mix:DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Aspect Ratio:2.35 : 1 See full technical specs »
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TriviaWhen Lyle (Hackman) is taking Dean (Smith) into the warehouse "office", one can see that it is a self-made Faraday Cage. One of the few constructs that completely shields those inside from sending/receiving electromagnetic signals. See more »
GoofsWhen Dean arrives home for the first time, his wife's dog snarls at him. Just before the snarl the elastic band holding the dog's mouth back to expose his fangs is clearly visible. See more »
Congressman Phillip Hammersley: Come on. Come on, mutt. Now, look at that ball. All right. Come on, get that ball. Ah!
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Crazy CreditsThe CNN journalist is a fictitious character. See more »
ConnectionsRemade as Vaamanan (2009) See more »
Written by Chris Corner
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