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Public Enemies (1996)

Glorified and glamourized fact-based tale of Ma Barker and her boys who robbed banks and generally terrorized the Midwest in the 1930's and was eventually gunned down by g-man, Melvin ... See full summary »

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Mark L. Lester
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leah Best Leah Best ... Young Kate Clarke
Chip Heller Chip Heller ... Mr. Clarke
Theresa Russell ... Kate 'Ma' Barker
Richard Eden ... George Barker
Tom Ward ... Paymaster
Brent O'Plotnik Brent O'Plotnik ... Herman Barker at 11 years
Trevor Meeks Trevor Meeks ... Lloyd Barker at 10 years
Joseph Granda ... Herman Barker (as Joseph Lindsey)
Joe Dain ... Lloyd Barker (as Joseph Dain)
James Marsden ... Doc Barker
Gavin Harrison ... Freddie Barker
Terry D. Seago Terry D. Seago ... Tall Sheriff
Brian Peck ... J. Edgar Hoover
Dan Cortese ... Melvin Purvis
Grant Cramer ... Sam Cowley
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Storyline

Glorified and glamourized fact-based tale of Ma Barker and her boys who robbed banks and generally terrorized the Midwest in the 1930's and was eventually gunned down by g-man, Melvin Purvis. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

No one could stop them.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some sex scenes, drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Public Enemy No. 1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Guthrie, Oklahoma, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Alyssa Milano previously worked with director Mark Lester on Commando. See more »

Goofs

The final shootout between Ma Barker and Melvin Purvis is captioned to have occurred in Lake "Wier" when in fact the location is near Lake Weir. See more »

Quotes

Kate "Ma" Barker: You said, "Dead by Christmas." Is that the kind of chance you're talking about?
Melvin Purvis: You can't believe everything you read in the papers. I'm the F.B.I., not a bounty hunter.
Herman Barker: No difference.
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Alternate Versions

In the suicide scene, it was originally written that Herman Barker's whole head would explode, but director, Mark L. Lester, decided it was too gory for just one scene, and changed it to the back of his neck exploding instead. See more »

Connections

Edited from The Untouchables (1987) See more »

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One of the All Time Worst Movies
1 January 2005 | by moovemkrSee all my reviews

Wow, pretty amazing that something this bad could actually be made. I am giving this movie a 2 because it is so bad it has a certain "car wreck" kind of appeal. Its so bad its comical and that does have a certain entertainment value. Plus there is a bit of gratuitous nudity and that is always appreciated.

So where do I begin. The acting is beyond awful, its like you are watching a high school play being filmed. Theresa Russell must have done something really bad to have been forced to make this movie and her acting reflects how happy she is to be in the middle of this mess.

The rest of the cast is simply silly with the casting of Dan Cortese as an FBI agent the cherry on the top of this piece of crap. His acting actually had me laughing at loud.

As for the screenplay and the directing C. Courtney Joyner and Mark L. Lester should simply be taken out back and shot.


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