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July 1979 (USA) See more »
She's made of bullets, sin & bathtub gin! See more »
1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pamela Sue Martin ... Polly Franklin

Robert Conrad ... John Dillinger

Louise Fletcher ... Anna Sage

Robert Hogan ... Jake Lingle

Laurie Heineman ... Rose Shimkus

Glenn Withrow ... Eddie
Rod Gist ... Pinetop
Peter Hobbs ... Pops Geissler

Christopher Lloyd ... Frognose

Dick Miller ... Patek
Nancy Parsons ... Tiny Alice (as Nancy Anne Parsons)
Alan Vint ... Melvin Purvis
Milt Kogan ... Preacher
Chip Fields ... Satin
Buck Young ... Hennessey
Phillip R. Allen ... Elliot Ness

Ilene Kristen ... Wynona
Joseph X. Flaherty ... Frank
Terri Taylor ... Mae
Peter Miller ... Fritz

Mary Woronov ... Woman Bankrobber

Jay Rasumny ... Bill

Michael Cavanaugh ... Undercover Cop
Arnie Moore ... Trucker
John Guitz ... Momo
Saul Krugman ... Judge
Blackie Dammett ... Immigration Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Forster ... Turk (uncredited)

Kitten Natividad ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Teague 
Writing credits
John Sayles (written by)

Produced by
Julie Corman .... producer
Steven Kovacs .... co-producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Daniel Lacambre (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Ron Medico 
Lewis Teague 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
Production Design by
Jac McAnelly 
Art Direction by
Phil Thomas Jr.  (as Philip Thomas)
Set Decoration by
Keith Hein 
Costume Design by
Danny Morgan 
Pat Tonnema 
Makeup Department
Dino Ganziano .... hairdresser
Bari Roulette .... makeup artist: Miss Martin (as Bari-Ellen Roulette)
Gigi Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Costa Mantis .... production manager: second unit
Caren Singer .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Crowley .... second unit director (as Pat Crowley)
Frank Martinez .... second assistant director
Gerald T. Olson .... first assistant director
John Isabeau .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Costa Mantis .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Eric Butler .... props
Bob Ziembicki .... props
Lynda Burbank .... set dresser (uncredited)
J. Rae Fox .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rhonda Baer .... boom operator
Anthony Santa Croce .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Bill Balles .... special effects
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt coordinator (as Bruce Barbour)
Norman Blankenship .... stunts
Mickey Caruso .... stunts
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (as Dave Cass)
Dottie Catching .... stunts
Roger Creed .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (as Vincent Deadrick Sr.)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Hill Farnsworth)
Kay Kimler .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Mary Peters .... stunts
Diane Peterson .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts
C.D. Smith .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Elliott .... assistant camera
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Steven Finestone .... assistant camera
Wiley Fox .... gaffer
Ron Quilici .... still photographer
Peter Smokler .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Paul Ventura .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danny Morgan .... costumer: men
Pat Tonnema .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Mark Helfrich .... assistant editor
Bill Williams .... assistant editor
Music Department
James Horner .... music adaptor
Miles Kreuger .... music consultant
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Laurie Cohn .... script supervisor (as Laurie M. Cohn)
Carol Culver .... choreographer
Barbara Martinelli .... script supervisor: second unit
Lucia Schultz .... production coordinator
Charles Skouras III .... location manager
Alan Toomayan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Guns, Sin and Bathtub Gin" - USA (reissue title)
"Touch Me and Die" - USA (reissue title)
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93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Factual errors: The reporter, Jake Lingle, who is killed at the end of the film by Robert Forster's character, Turk, was a real person. Lingle was gunned down in 1930, four years before the setting of this film. Lingle was killed by an underpass as shown in the film, however, it was at rush hour with crowds of people around.See more »
[first lines]
Polly Franklin:In the heart of little old New York, You'll find a thoroughfare. It's the part of little old New York That runs into Times Square. A crazy quilt that "Wall Street Jack" built, If you've got a little time to spare, I want to take you there. Come and meet those dancing feet, On the avenue I'm taking you to, Forty-Second Street.
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Fun, Thrills, and Wholesale Cheese, 17 August 2000
Author: (Guy_T) from London, England

Clearly a product of the Corman School, Sayles's first major screenplay shows that he already knew how to tell a great story from an interesting angle, something he has never forgotten how to do.

Director Teague keeps the pace rattling along, and hammers the message home fast (he was an occasional assistant to Sam Fuller, of course).

The plot's quite straightforward, and all the better so - this packs something of the punch of the 30's classic gangster films, but with distinctly 70's sensibilities to violence.

Where the film becomes more interesting than your average low-budget 'gangster-exploiter', however, is in the telling of the story through her eyes, rather than his (a distinctly 70's approach). Yet it's wonderfully ambiguous, on reflection, as to whether the film champions her willingness to break away and start acting for herself (she's a great strong character), or whether she just goes from one woman in peril situation to the other (which is the plot, basically).

I've probably over-analyzed it already, but if you've got a spare hour and a half on your hands, give it a chance. A classic of its kind.

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