Enemy of the State

The 1998 Gene Hackman/Will Smith thriller Enemy of the State was on this evening. The plot — if you haven’t seen the movie — is about a corrupt NSA assistant director who’s involved in a domestic political assassination (played by John Voight), and an ex-NSA special operative (Hackman) and DC lawyer (Smith) who get dragged into the unravelling cover-up of the killing.

In one of those odd coincidences, at one point Hackman’s character looks up biographical information on Voigh’t character. The IMDB trivia page for the movie notes that the exact date given was the first remote operation of a computer over a phone line, but I suspect that entry is a few years old. The date is: 9-11-40.