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Rated R · 140 minutes · 2009

Action, Crime drama, Thriller
Crime-film maestro Michael Mann goes back to the ’30s for his latest film, the characteristically hypnotic and moody Public Enemies. Johnny Depp does amazing things as John Dillinger, the infamous bank robber who should’ve opted for a nice summer drive rather than a movie on a hot night in 1934. Mann continues to be a master of stylistic crime drama. Public Enemies stands alongside his Heat, Collateral and Manhunter in the genre. Depp, even though he is 15 years older than Dillinger was when he died, is right at home in the role. Anybody who has seen Dillinger’s smirk in old photos will know that Depp has nailed the man’s look and attitude. And when Dillinger is seen displaying his menacing smile as he watches Clark Gable in Manhattan Melodrama just moments before being gunned down, you can see Depp reveling in the moment.


See our full review: Style and Substance

Style and Substance

'Public Enemies' takes historical liberties, but presents John Dillinger's life in captivating fashion »

Official Site: www.publicenemies.net
Director: Michael Mann
Producer: Kevin Misher, Michael Mann and G. Mac Brown
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephen Lang, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Clarke, David Wenham, Emilie de Ravin, Lili Taylor, James Russo, Rory Cochrane and Branka Katic

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Memphis Flyer Outlaw Heroes Public Enemies is an artful take on the classic gangster film. by Chris Herrington 07/09/2009
The Coast Halifax Seven magnificent faces of Johnny Depp In honour of Public Enemies, we compiled seven videos of the enigmatic star’s most popular looks. What’s your favourite Depp role? by Sue Carter Flinn 07/02/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Away We Go; My Sister's Keeper; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 06/25/2009
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Public Enemies; Whatever Works and more. 07/02/2009
Chicago Reader History vs. Hollywood Though adapted from a zealously factual book, Public Enemies takes the usual liberties. by J.R. Jones 07/02/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Johnny be good This film is not a history, but a fantasy, mostly having to do with the durable gangster-glamour of the movies, boiled down to a vision of two elegant men on opposite sides of the law. by Jonathan Kiefer 07/02/2009
The Coast Halifax Depp impact As gangster John Dillinger in Public Enemies, Johnny Depp plays yet another unlikely character. We survey the beloved actor's darkly compelling roles. by Hillary Titley 07/02/2009
Portland Mercury Birth of the Cool Public Enemies: Johnny Depp's got a tommy gun! by Erik Henriksen 07/02/2009
The Coast Halifax Public Enemies sometimes dangerous Michael Mann's film is good, brilliant at times, but doesn't sustain the dazzle to be called a truly great film. by Hillary Titley 07/09/2009

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