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PUBLIC ENEMIES

 
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At Theaters: 7/1/2009 On Video: 12/8/2009
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 23 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539926
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The story of a man whose criminal exploits captivated a nation besieged by financial hardship and who robbed the banks that had impoverished them and outsmarted the authorities, who inspired the first nationwide war on crime, who led a band of accomplished armed robbers, and whose dashing manner and charisma entranced not only a special woman but an entire country: legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger.
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Crime Drama - This is a violent period gangster drama based on the true story of John Dillinger. This is a big star vehicle for Johnny Depp, and fans of co-star Christian Bale may be surprised and disappointed by his fairly limited screen time. Those expecting something more like an action film may be disappointed.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Johnny Depp SWEENEY TODD
Christian Bale TERMINATOR SALVATION, THE DARK KNIGHT
Marion Cotillard A GOOD YEAR
Billy Crudup WATCHMEN, TRUST THE MAN, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
Stephen Dorff WORLD TRADE CENTER, ALONE IN THE DARK
Stephen Lang GODS AND GENERALS, FIRE DOWN UNDER
Dir/Prod: Michael Mann MIAMI VICE, COLLATERAL, THE INSIDER
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About The Production
Casting The Film
Designing and Lensing Public Enemies
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Hair & Makeup, Costumes and Car Design
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Of all the cinematic versions of Dillinger's life and/or death, this is the most dramatically compelling.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good This is a very good film, with Depp and Bale performances of brutal clarity.

USA Today Full Review
Good An action film that feels like an epic, Public Enemies is an exciting and stylish slice of Americana.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 99 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
91%
13-19Teens (F)
11
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
21
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
Fairly High
94%
30+Adults (F)
28
Very High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 99 moviegoers:
TEENS:Both males and females loved "Public Enemies."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The male reviews are good but not great. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much with many loving it. However, some were disappointed. As for the ladies, only a small percentage loved it. Most rated it "Above Average." Unfortunately, a third only rated it "Good/Average," which is somewhat low.
ADULTS: The male reviews are very typical. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much and most of the rest rated it "Good/Average." The female reviews are actually higher than the males. Many more of them loved "Public Enemies." However, a quarter of them only rated it "Good/Average," which is a bit disappointing.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
No one could stop John Dillinger (JOHNNY DEPP) and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone—from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (MARION COTILLARD) to Americans who were looking for a symbol to divert them from their everyday hardships. They found it in the man who took from the banks the monies they felt the banks had wrongly taken from them.

But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang—later including the sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (STEPHEN GRAHAM) and robber/ kidnapper Alvin Karpis (GIOVANNI RIBISI)—thrilled many, J. Edgar Hoover (BILLY CRUDUP) planned to exploit 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," to snare him.

However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis' men in wild chases and shootouts. Only after importing a crew of lawmen from the Dallas bureau and orchestrating epic betrayals—from the infamous "Lady in Red" (BRANKA KATIC) to Chicago crime boss Frank Nitti (BILL CAMP)—were Purvis, the FBI and their new crew of gunfighters able to close in on their prey.

Drawn back to the very city where his obsession with both Frechette and bank robbing began, Dillinger, for once and for all, ended this pursuit by Purvis. And when all was said and done, the entire country learned that with the death of one of its heroes came the birth of a legend.

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