ENEMY OF THE STATE
1998, Buena Vista, 131 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott ratchet up conspiracy paranoia to the nth degree as labor lawyer Will Smith unknowingly comes into possession of a video showing a crime being committed by National Security Agency chief Jon Voight. When Smith has his assets frozen and his family put in jeopardy and must go on the run, he receives help from an unlikely source: renegade surveillance expert Gene Hackman (playing a distant cousin to the role he assayed in Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION).


BAD BOYS
1995, Columbia, 118 min, USA, Dir: Michael Bay

Put-upon family man Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and swinging bachelor Mike (Will Smith) are Miami police detectives who must not only track down a huge cache of heroin stolen from their station’s evidence room but also convince Julie (Tea Leoni), the only witness to their friend’s murder, to testify. A rip-roaringly profane action comedy, with a brilliantly depraved Tcheky Karyo as the duo’s twisted nemesis.


WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU
1992, New Line Cinema, 105 min, Dir: Marc Rocco

A group of teenage runaways (among them Lara Flynn Boyle, Dermot Mulroney, David Arquette, Christian Slater and Will Smith, making his film debut) try to survive on the streets of Los Angeles, daily confronting drugs, prostitution, violence and a criminal justice system dangerously indifferent to their plight. The film plays out in an episodic, increasingly tragic structure, and reveals that sometimes the scariest prospect a young person can contemplate is returning home.


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