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Dillinger (1973)

John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.

Director:

John Milius

Writer:

John Milius
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren Oates ... John Dillinger
Ben Johnson ... Melvin Purvis
Michelle Phillips ... Billie Frechette
Cloris Leachman ... Anna Sage
Harry Dean Stanton ... Homer Van Meter
Geoffrey Lewis ... Harry Pierpont
John P. Ryan ... Charles Mackley (as John Ryan)
Richard Dreyfuss ... Baby Face Nelson
Steve Kanaly ... Pretty Boy Floyd
John Martino ... Eddie Martin
Roy Jenson ... Samuel Cowley
Read Morgan ... Big Jim Wollard
Frank McRae ... Reed Youngblood
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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Trivia

After escaping from the Crown Point jail, John Dillinger robs the local bank. While he did not rob this bank in real life, according to Ed Saager, the garage mechanic Dillinger forced to drive the getaway car, as they were passing by the bank, John Dillinger did jokingly comment, "Geez, I wish I wasn't in such a hurry to get outta here...I'd love to stop by that bank." See more »

Goofs

Melvin Purvis died on February 29, 1960 not 1961 as mentioned at the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Baby Face Nelson: Will you shut him up!
Homer Van Meter: You better shut up yourself, ya little rat or I'll blow the back of yer goddamned head off.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits a verbal renouncing of gangster films written by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover is heard: he was scheduled to read it for the film, but died before it started production. Hoover's text is read at the film's close by voice actor (Paul Frees) decrying the film and calling it a source of corruption for children. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different versions with different main title music exist_ The original version features the song "We're in the Money" being played while snap shots of homeless and poor people are shown on the screen. The alternate version has the same visuals but with a simpler instrumental cue (called "Theme from Dillinger" on the soundtrack LP). See more »

Connections

Featured in Shooting Dillinger with Jules Brenner (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, My Darling Clementine
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Whistled by Dillinger after bank robbery
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Machine guns ablaze
12 January 1999 | by louissSee all my reviews

Underrated gangster film. No Bonnie & Clyde here but solid cast in good looking fast paced action packed machine gun blazing shoot-em up. Oates is perfect as John Dillinger and Johnson plays a ruthless tough as nails Pervus on his trail. Richard Dreyfuss highlights the supporting cast as the punk Baby Face Nelson. Milius direction style is a combination of Penn and Peckinpah with his fast moving exciting bloody gun battles.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 November 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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