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Public Enemies (2009) Movie Information

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2409

Avg. Rating:

2.68/4

# of Ratings:

227

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

07/01/2009

DVD Release:

12/08/2009

Director:

Michael Mann

Actors:

Johnny Depp
Christian Bale
Channing Tatum
Billy Crudup
David Wenham
Leelee Sobieski

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Even though John Dillinger and his gang are outlaws and bank robbers, the depression-era public is enthralled by their daring escapades. The fledgling FBI has made Dillinger their number one priority and top agent Melvin Purvis wants nothing more than to bring the folk-hero bandits to justice.

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Matthew Brady 08/05/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie was way to long and the way the movie is shot is a bit messy. But on the bright side, it does have a good cast and actors.

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Good movie but I hate how people change around the story to suit a movie

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myfaja 08/10/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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1.5/4 

I found this movie extremely boring. Sure it had great performances and directing. But it was just so dull. You can't hear what Johnny Depp is saying, so instead of telling him to talk louder, they just get rid of the score. The action sequences were good, but there were so little of them. So, if you're looking for a great crime movie like "Little Caesar" or "Bonnie and Clyde", look somewhere else.

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  Yojimbo
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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Public Enemies" by Yojimbo

Public Enemies is the story of infamous depression era bank robber John Dillinger who became a kind of mythic Robin Hood style figure in the eyes of the poverty stricken American public of the time. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale starring in a legendary true-life gangster story directed by the man who brought us Heat? Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?? Errrrm...evidently, yes it could. Once again, as always seems to be the case with over-hyped Hollywood blockbusters, the script is the usual suspect when assigning blame for missed opportunities. We all know what Depp and Bale are capable of, but here they have so little to work with its difficult for me to find fault with them. The film is basically just a series of beautifully shot shoot outs and jail breaks loosely strung togeth...

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3/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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01/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Public Enemies review

A popular bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), and his relationship with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard). John and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter (Stephen Dorff) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) rob banks without hurting anybody. Score, acting and costumes were wonderful. Only reservations this critic had were the length, pace and lack of a better editing. Most parts could do without since it was not related to the plot and slows the whole picture. One of the better lines from Dillinger: “We're having too good a time today. We ain't thinking about tomorrow.” “The only thing that's important is where somebody's going.” “When you're desperate, that's when you got no choice.” Publi...

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2.5/4 

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  MovieMike
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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Depp As Dillinger

If nothing else, ‘Public Enemies’ is beautiful to behold. While not as moody as ‘The Road To Perdition’ (2002), this film evokes the era about as well. Directed by Michael Mann (credits include ‘Hancock’ and ‘Last Of The Mohicans’); this film looks back into the height of America’s gangster past (circa 1933) and provides rich visual details such as period aero planes (a Ford Tri-Motor for you gear-heads out there), steam trains, many vintage cars, and period set pieces such as Chicago street scenes. Fortunately for us moviegoers, ‘Public Enemies’ offers so much more.

To start with, we get a one-two acting punch from Johnny Depp (as them main character, John Dillinger) and Christian Bale (as Melvin Purvis). While both actors approach their respective roles with equal intensity, the two ...

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3/4 

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  Snoogans
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Thanks, I try to give my opinion of movies in the shortest and easiest way possible.
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Nice review.
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  Snoogans
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It was good, but not good enough for best picture.
Public Enemies (2009)
Not Dissapointed, But Not Blown Away Either.
3/4 stars
Even though most of Mr. Mann's movies are crime dramas, he manages to make them all seem different and unique. The same goes for this film. Action= real-to-life gunfights, Characters= all great and Johnny is fun to watch, Romance= not the usual Hollywood crap, Humor= it's in there believe me. A good film at best. Wasn't dissapointed, but wasn't blown away either. "Heat" is still Mann's best movie.
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  TheManWithNoName
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They didn't care too much for Heat though. Still can't forgive them for that. Public Enemies will probably get nominated for Best Picture since there's 10 slots this year, but I think it would fair better if it was released later in the year. Public Enemies isn't really a summer movie. But compared to some of the popcorn action crap that's come out this summer, it looks like Citizen Kane.
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  Rakkie
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if november - december mobies are not so strong, yes public enemies might be nominate for best picture, academy likes michael mann's movies as well but i am not sure for now.
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