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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
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Cloris Leachman's character is billed in the opening credits only as "The Lady in Red" but then is billed under the character's actual name of Anna Sage in the closing credits. See more »
Some of the peripheral male actors in the film do not have their hair cut in 1930s fashion (close cropped on on the sides and back and short or fully cut sideburns). One instance is with the gray-haired man helping to escort John Dillinger into the Crown Point Jail. He has long sideburns. See more »
J. Edgar Hoover:
Dillinger was a rat that the country may consider itself fortunate to be rid of. And I don't sanction any Hollywood glamorization of these vermin. This type of romantic mendacity can only lead young people further astray than they are already. And I want no part of it.
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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 »
This is one of the best gangster movies of the 70's, if not all time. Great action sequences abound with guns blazing and blood-splattering detail.
Warren Oates is the titular villain, who won both public support and revulsion with his daring bank robberies as well as the lengths he took to escape justice. Ben Johnson also gives a stellar performance as Mel Purvis, the dedicated FBI agent determined to kill him and the rest of his murderous gang.
But one of the biggest surprises in the movie is the performance of a very young Richard Dreyfuss as notorious robber/killer Lester "Baby Face" Nelson. Dreyfuss's usually lovable charm only further compounds the nature of Nelson's seemingly innocent yet deadly as the plague persona.
Director John Milius, best known for directing the cult classics CONAN THE BARBARIAN and RED DAWN has excellent cinematography and crisp dialogue, which he himself wrote. His real-life conservative politics shine through from time to time, especially concerning G-Man Purvis, but he tries to show both sides of the story, and he does a fairly reasonable job.
This is definitely a movie to watch one night when nothing is on. Its got action, suspense, humor, and good use of scenery. A class act all the way.
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