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Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies

Overview


Genre

Crime, Drama

Release Date

July 01, 2009

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

140 min.

Production Budget

$80 millions

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Michael Mann

Producer

Kevin Misher, Michael Mann

Screenwriter

Michael Mann, Ronan Bennett, Ann Biderman

Starring

Story


In the action-thriller "Public Enemies," acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Depp) - the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover's fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone - from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard) to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression.

But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang - later including the sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi) - thrilled many, Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw's capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Purvis, the dashing "Clark Gable of the FBI."

However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis' men in wild chases and shootouts. Only after importing a crew of Western ex-lawmen (newly baptized as agents) and orchestrating epic betrayals - from the infamous "Lady in Red" to the Chicago crime boss Frank Nitti - were Purvis, the FBI and their new crew of gunfighters able to close in on Dillinger.

Pictures (46 photos)


Johnny Depp stars as John Dillinger in Universal Pictures' Public Enemies (2009)
Christian Bale stars as Melvin Purvis in Universal Pictures' Public Enemies (2009)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Marion Cotillard
2009 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Public Enemies" Premiere - Arrivals
Jun 23, 2009
Marion Cotillard
2009 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Public Enemies" Premiere - Arrivals
Jun 23, 2009

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..It's movie dynamite..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..rousing entertainment..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
“..engrossing film..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News]