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  (in credits order)

Dorian Harewood ... Narrator
Tony Eugene Stewart ... Himself - Author: Dillinger - The Hidden Truth (as Tony Stewart)
Claire Potter ... Herself - Historian
Bryan Burrough ... Himself - Author: Public Enemies
Paul Maccabee ... Himself - Author: John Dillinger Slept Here
Rick Mattix ... Himself - Co-Author: The Complete Public Enemy Almanac
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
John Dillinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Ellen Poulsen ... Herself - Author: Don't Call Us Molls
Ken Holmes ... Himself - Owner: Southwestern Historical Tours
Buddy Barrow ... Himself - Clyde Barrow's Nephew (as Buddy Williams)
L.J. Hinton ... Himself - Bonnie and Clyde's Ambush Museum (as L.J. 'Boots' Hinton)
Dixie Lee Sedgwick ... Herself - Playwright: Bonnie Parker
Jay Basile ... Himself - Firearms Expert
Tim Garlock ... Himself - Sergeant: Allen County - Ohio Sheriff's Office

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
R.D. Morgan ... Himself - Author
Craig Alton ... Himself - Owner: Untouchable Tours
Charles A. Lindbergh ... Himself (archive footage)
John Neal Phillips ... Himself - Author: Running with Bonnie and Clyde
Marvelle Feller ... Himself - Eyewitness (as Marvell Feller)
William J. Helmer ... Himself - Co-Author: The Complete Public Enemy Almanac (as Bill Helmer)
Tom Smusyn ... Himself - Dillinger Researcher
George Kelly ... Himself - Machine Gun Kelly (archive footage)
Melvin Purvis ... Himself (archive footage)
Alston Purvis ... Himself - Son of Melvin Purvis
John Fox ... Himself - F.B.I. Historian
Emil Wanatka ... Himself (archive footage)
John Wilson Dillinger ... Himself - John Dillinger's Father (archive footage)
Anna Sage ... Herself - Madam / Informant (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Benjamin ... Machine Gun Kelly (uncredited)

Scott Brooks ... Melvin Purvis (uncredited)
Lynn Bumgardner ... John Dillinger (uncredited)
Kate Cagle ... Katherine Kelly (uncredited)
Chase Campbell ... Henry Methvin (uncredited)
Don G. Campbell ... Sgt. Rainey (uncredited)
Amy Eakins Casterline ... Mary Longnecker (uncredited)
Jimmy Dean ... Charles Urschel (uncredited)
James P. Hilton ... Bank Teller (uncredited)

Carey Jones ... Federal Agent (uncredited)
Mandi Lawson ... Anna Sage (uncredited)
Jim Lee ... Zack Coffey (uncredited)
Jason Leith ... Baby Face Nelson (uncredited)
William J. Mode ... Buck Barrow (uncredited)
Rachel Moody ... Bonnie Parker (uncredited)
Wes Murphy ... Federal Agent (uncredited)
Dan Owenby ... Jess Sarbers (uncredited)
Preston Proffitt ... Clyde Barrow (uncredited)
Aaron Pushkar ... Bank Manager (uncredited)

Richard Rackley ... Pretty Boy Floyd / Henderson Jordan (Louisiana sheriff) (uncredited)
Sam Sharp ... Harry 'Pete' Pierpoint (uncredited)
Donald Thorne ... Frank 'Jelly' Nash (uncredited)
Chris Tucker ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Ryan Waller ... Federal Agent (uncredited)
Ryan Watterson ... Agent Hollis (uncredited)
Joshua Wells ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Marvin E. West ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Rick Wilson ... W.D. Jones (uncredited)

Directed by
Patrick Leigh-Bell (recreations director)
Jeffrey Woods (recreations director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matt Edens 
Geoffrey Proud  writer

Produced by
Alex Alexander .... producer
Sara Huddleston .... post producer
Stephen Land .... executive producer
Patrick Leigh-Bell .... producer (as Patrick Leigh Bell)
Brian O'Connor .... producer
Geoffrey Proud .... executive producer
Michael Rogers .... additional field producer
Michael Rogers .... post producer
Robert Twilley .... coordinating producer
Zak Weisfeld .... executive producer
Susan Werbe .... executive producer: History Channel
Original Music by
Josh Molen 
Scott Murphy 
Chris Robbins 
David Slack 
Cinematography by
Dave Huntley 
Film Editing by
Ryan Hardison 
Production Management
Michelle Weiss .... production manager
Haven Wertz .... production manager
Art Department
Cheri Van Bynen .... props (as Cheri van Bynen)
Sound Department
Tom Backus .... sound mixer
John Bentley .... location sound
Scott Buckely .... location sound
Pete Carty .... audio mixer
Nick Gotten III .... post audio mixer (as Nick Gotten)
Paul Green .... location sound
Scott Griffin .... location sound
Ivo Hanak .... location sound
Doug Kochenbach .... location sound
Marianna LaFollette .... additional audio (as Marianna Lafollette)
Jim Rogers .... audio mixer
Russ Tomlinson .... location sound
Lars Turpen .... location sound
Eric Vucelich .... location sound
Lance Wells .... location sound
Visual Effects by
Jeremy Lowery .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Coatney .... grip
Jerry Coatney .... lighting director
James P. Hilton .... assistant camera
Patrick Leigh-Bell .... camera
Joe Pedalino .... additional photography
Jeffrey Woods .... camera
Animation Department
James P. Hilton .... animator (as J.P. Hilton)
Byron Sambat .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Bordeau .... wardrobe
Nancy Jones .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jimmy Hammond .... additional editing
Scott W. Lee .... colorist
John Mecklenborg .... on-line editor
Other crew
Jessica Bailin .... production coordinator (as Jessie Bailin)
Buddy Barrow .... archive provided by
Kate Cagle .... production assistant
Brandy Downing .... production assistant
Tim Garlock .... archive provided by
Shane Ivins .... production assistant
Malgorzata Karolczak .... project accountant (as Malgorzata Rydygler-Karolczak)
Stephen Long .... armorer
Emily MacDowell .... programming coordinator: History Channel
Elizabeth Mauldin .... production assistance
Billy Miller .... production assistant
Rachel Moody .... production assistance
Tony Eugene Stewart .... archive provided by (as Tony Stewart)
Sharla Wertz .... project accountant
Buddy Barrow .... special thanks (as Buddy Williams)
Bryan Burrough .... special thanks (as Bryan Burroughs)
Jim Hounschell .... special thanks
Rick Mattix .... special thanks
Bonnie Rowan .... special thanks
Robert Rubbs .... special thanks (as Lieutenant Robert Rubbs)
Tony Eugene Stewart .... special thanks (as Tony Stewart)

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89 min (excluding commercials) | USA:120 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not All It's Cracked Up to Be, 12 January 2009
Author: Rick Mattix from United States

I appeared on this show so I can knock it. So did a dozen or more other historians and authors, most of whom didn't even get their names in the credits, though their interview segments are the saving grace of the program. Bryan Burrough, Tony Stewart, and I were about the only ones listed in the credits but Bill Helmer, Ellen Poulsen, Tom Smusyn, Ron Morgan, John Neal Phillips and others, all knowledgeable crime historians, appeared on the program and contributed the positives here.

It's pretty average really, maybe one of the better of the typically bad crime documentaries that air on cable TV, but that's the best that can be said. The writing and the narration are superficial, inaccurate, and fictionalized. Much of the story is left out, including Pretty Boy Floyd and the Barker-Karpis Gang, even though the show opens with the Kansas City Massacre which is left unresolved. Silly and inaccurate reenactments make up the bulk of the show. You have a few seconds of interview snippets with Marvelle Feller, the one living eyewitness to the Barrow Gang battle at Dexfield Park, followed by a completely inaccurate reenactment of Bonnie and Clyde making their escape in a pickup. Would have been better to have used a few minutes of Marvelle's interview to tell how it really happened. But action visuals are fun and actors may be cheaper than '29 Plymouth autos.

Where they dug up their "firearms expert" I have no idea, unless he was a friend of the producer. Since when did Model '21A Thompson submachine guns have 30-shot stick mags? Those didn't come out until World War II. They took his word for it for the reenactments, of course.

There are some good insights and many good interview segments so it's not a total loss. But most of it is reenacted (cheaper to buy actors than old photos and newsreels) and none of the reenactments are accurate. It's almost an anti-documentary in that sense.

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