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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

While Melvin Purvis did arrest Arthur "Dock" Barker in real life, he was not present at the resort home in Lake Weir where Ma and Freddie Barker were killed. That raiding party was led by Special Agent E.J. Connelly. Purvis's capture of "Dock" Barker was his last major arrest before leaving the FBI. 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 Harlem Nights (1989) See more »

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Gangster movie highlighted by good acting, shoot-outs.
30 March 2000 | by ceejay-7See all my reviews

PUBLIC ENEMIES is a kind of throw-back to those early 1960's gangster biographies like PORTRAIT OF A MOBSTER, MAD DOG COLL and KING OF THE ROARING TWENTIES. Although made on the cheap, the film has a great deal of energy and the acting over-all, particularly by Eric Roberts and Frank Stallone is quite good. Theresa Russell might seem too glamorous as Ma, but she has some very good moments. There are two action scenes worth noting: a shoot-out in a hotel, and a machine gun fight in the middle of the street between the Barkers and the FBI. Both sequences are nicely done, and compared to other low-bidget gangster junk like DILLINGER AND CAPONE, this film shines.


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