Dillinger (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  20 July 1973 (USA)
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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.



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After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk hero. Escaping from jail he finds Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson have joined the gang and pretty soon he is Public Enemy Number One. Now the G-men really are after him. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Dillinger - Gangsterler krali  »

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The post-credits disclaimer by "J. Edgar Hoover," as well as the car radio newscaster, were voiced by an uncredited Paul Frees. See more »


In the photo montage in the movie is a frontal shot of Warren Oates holding what appears to be a Colt Model 1911 pistol, which should be chambered in caliber .45ACP. The bore of the pistol is far too small. If the pistol is an actual handgun and not something like a pellet gun, it is either a Colt "Ace" model, or a 1911 modified with a conversion kit. In either case the pistol is chambered for .22 long rifle caliber, a highly unlikely choice for a gangster's weapon. See more »


Melvin Purvis: [about his Monte Cristos] Do you know who gave me these cigars, Sam?
Samuel Cowley: No.
Melvin Purvis: Ray Caffrey gave them to me right before he got his head blown off in Kansas City. They were for my birthday. And I intend to smoke one of these over each of those men's dead bodies.
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After the closing credits a voice (Paul Frees) can be heard decrying the film and calling it a source of corruption for children. See more »


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Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Played after Dillinger's capture
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Warren Mania
23 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My review might be a little biased because I love Warren Oates and will watch anything he appears in (including obscure movies like 92 In the Shade). However, I'd like to say that this is a very well-made gangster flick that rivals Bonnie & Clyde in entertainment value. I actually prefer the action sequences in Dillinger to the famous ones from Bonnie & Clyde because they seem rougher, more natural and less self-conscious. The shooting sequences in Bonnie & Clyde seem too choreographed and slightly pretentious in comparison. Another selling point for Dillinger is that it contains wonderful performances by Oates and Ben Johnson. Actually, Ben Johnson almost steals the show as "G Man" Melvin Purvis. Even though they only have 1.5 scenes together, Oates and Johnson complement each other nicely here.

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