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Dillinger (1973)

 -  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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The idea of Pretty Boy Floyd being apart of the John Dillinger gang is based on a still debated theory among historians and Dillinger biographers that Floyd participated in Dillinger's last bank robbery in South Bend, Indiana in June of 1934. While no witnesses at the scene of the robbery were certain it was Floyd, Joesph "Fatso" Negri, an associate of Baby Face Nelson, always claimed it was Floyd. Some believe Negri lied to cover up the fact it was he who was involved in the robbery. See more »

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Closeup of front page newspaper story heralding John Dillinger's capture in Tucson is just a bunch of nonsensical paragraphs repeated over and over. See more »

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Billie Frechette: I don't want to be there when they get you. Promise me that I won't have to be there when they get you.
John Dillinger: They're not going to get me.
Billie Frechette: I just don't want to see it. I just don't want to see it John.
John Dillinger: They won't ever get me. I may not live forever, but I'd be a damn fool not to try!
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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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Referenced in Little Cigars (1973) See more »

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The direction is fine, the period detail is fine, the actors are fine, the script - well, uh...
11 February 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

While not without interest (such as some good action sequences), I can't help but be somewhat disappointed by the movie. Although it claims to be a kind of biography of Dillinger, you learn very little about him. The movie starts in the middle of his crime spree, so you don't see what lead him into that life. And from what you see of him here, he comes across little better than a gun-happy thug who is into abusing his girlfriend - surely the real Dillinger was more interesting than that.

For that matter, you learn little (if anything) of Melvin Purvis or the other real-life figures involved here. They are all pretty bland characters who have one role, either to pursue and eliminate evil, or escape from the law and rob banks. In fact, it's near impossible to tell the Dillinger gang members apart!

The script is not just weak in giving character development, the story is also poorly told, with the story jumping around from place to place before we can catch our breath and properly digest what happened. Characters disappear and suddenly appear, and the story often jumps months ahead without bothering to tell us what happened during that time.

This was Milius' first job as a director. He got the job only because A.I.P. offered him his long-dreamed goal of directing if he also wrote the script. I cannot help but think that Milius was so occupied in preparing to direct, that he didn't give himself enough time to polish his script.


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