This bag was used by the character “Edward ‘Brill’ Lyle” played by actor Gene Hackman in the 1998 spy-thriller, “Enemy of the State.” Made by C.C. Filson Co. of Seattle, this bag includes genuine leather straps with brass buttons and zippers. The exterior was hand distressed to make the bag appear worn and used on screen.
Mr. Hackman can be seen carrying this bag when NSA agents approach Brill’s hideout while he and Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) make an escape into a car. Brill’s cat is placed into the bag for her safety as Brill drives away from the building, which is soon to explode. NSA agents chase and ram Brill’s car causing it to catch on fire. Escaping, Brill and Dean hide in-between two trains and make their way onto the freeway where they stop and seize a Mercedes-Benz. The bag is last seen later at Brill’s apartment as Dean and Brill prepare to set-up a surveillance scheme of their own.
Directed by Tony Scott, Enemy of the State is a spy-thriller about a unit of rogue National Security Agents who assassinate a US Congressman and try to cover up the murder. Jason Lee’s character “Zavitz” captures the incident on film and passes it onto Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) setting a chain of events that ultimately has Dean running for his life. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film went on to gross 250 million dollars worldwide. The prop is in good screen used condition with a slightly faded color, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity.
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