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Public Enemies (2009)


Biography, Crime, Drama |

Public Enemies is a American biographical crime drama film directed by Michael Mann who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough’s non-fiction book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34.

Set during the Great Depression, the film chronicles the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger as he is pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis, Dillinger’s relationship with Billie Frechette, as well as Purvis’ pursuit of Dillinger’s associates and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter and Baby Face Nelson.

In 1933, John Dillinger infiltrates Indiana State Penitentiary and assists in the jailbreak of his crew. During the firefight, his mentor Walter is shot and killed by the prison guards. Dillinger and company head for a nearby farm, where they change clothes and eat before driving to a safe house on the east-side of Chicago.

After killing Charles Floyd, FBI agent Melvin Purvis is promoted by J. Edgar Hoover to lead the hunt for Dillinger. Purvis shares Hoover’s belief in using modern methods to battle crime, ranging from cataloging fingerprints to tapping telephone lines.

In between a series of bank robberies, Dillinger meets Billie Frechette at a restaurant and impresses her by buying her a fur coat. Frechette falls for Dillinger even after he reveals his identity, and the two become inseparable.

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Michael Mann (screenplay), Ann Biderman (screenplay), Bryan Burrough (book)

Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke, Stephen Graham, David Wenham, John Judd


Christian BaleMelvin Purvis
Christian StolteCharles Makley
Jason Clarke‘Red’ Hamilton
Johnny DeppJohn Dillinger
Stephen GrahamBaby Face Nelson
David WenhamHarry ‘Pete’ Pierpont
John JuddTurnkey
Stephen DorffHomer Van Meter
Michael VieauEd Shouse
John KishlineGuard Dainard
Carey MulliganCarol Slayman
James RussoWalter Dietrich
Giovanni RibisiAlvin Karpis
Wesley WalkerJim Leslie
John ScherpEarl Adams
Elena KenneyViola Norris
William Nero Jr.Toddler on Farm
Channing TatumPretty Boy Floyd
Rory CochraneAgent Carter Baum
Madison DirksAgent Warren Barton
Len BajenskiPolice Chief Fultz
Adam ClarkSport
Andrzej KrukowskiOscar Lieboldt (as Andrew Krukowski)
Casey SiemaszkoHarry Berman
John Michael BolgerMartin Zarkovich
Branka KaticAnna Sage
Peter DeFariaGrover Weyland (as Peter Defaria)
Jonathan MacchiTellers
Jeff ShannonAngry Cop
Michael SassoneFarmer
Emilie de RavinBarbara Patzke (as Emilie De Ravin)
Brian ConnellyOfficer Chester Boyard
Ed BruceSenator McKellar
Billy CrudupJ. Edgar Hoover
Geoffrey CantorHarry Suydam
Chandler WilliamsClyde Tolson
Robert Brooks HollingsworthHoover Reporter #1
David Paul InnesHoover Reporter #2
Joe CarlsonHoover Reporter #3
Ben Mac BrownHoover Reporter #4 (as Ben Brown)
Marion CotillardBillie Frechette
Diana KrallTorch Singer
Duane SharpDoorman at Gold Coast (as Duane A. Sharp)
Domenick LombardozziGilbert Catena
Bill CampFrank Nitti
John OrtizPhil D’Andrea
Richard ShortAgent Sam Cowley
Randy RyanAgent Julius Rice
Shawn HatosyAgent John Madala
Kurt NaebigAgent William Rorer
John HoogenakkerAgent Hugh Clegg
Adam MucciAgent Harold Reinecke
Rebecca SpenceDoris Rogers
Danni SimonMay Minczeles
Don HarveyCustomer at Steuben Club
Shanyn LeighHelen Gillis (as Shanyn Belle Leigh)
Spencer GarrettTommy Carroll
Stephen LangCharles Winstead
Don FryeClarence Hurt
Matt CravenGerry Campbell
Laurence MasonPorter at Union Station
Randy SteinmeyerCop Eyman
Kris WolffDeputy
Lili TaylorSheriff Lillian Holley
Donald G. AsherReporter #1
Andrew SteeleReporter #2 (as Andrew C. Steele)
Philip M. PotempaReporter #3 (as Philip Matthew Potempa)
Brian McConkeyPhotographer
Alan WilderRobert Estill
David WarshofskyWarden Baker
Peter GeretyLouis Piquett
Michael BenttHerbert Youngblood
John ListerJudge Murray
Jim CarraneSam Cahoon (as Jimmy Carrane)
Joseph MazurkGuard Bryant
John Fenner MaysDeputy Blunk
Rick UeckerEdward Saager
Craig SpidleReporter (as Craig A. Spidle)
Jason T. ArnoldOther Jr. G-Man
Andrew BlairOther Jr. G-Man
Mark VallartaHarry Berg
Daniel MaldonadoJacob Solomon (as Dan Maldanado)
Sean A. RosalesJoe Pawlowski (as Sean Rosales)
Stephen SpencerEmil Wanatka
Patrick ZielinskiDoctor
Gareth SaxeAgent Ray Suran
Guy Van SwearingenAgent Ralph Brown
Jeff StillJimmy Probasco
Lance BakerFreddie Barker
Steve KeyDoc Barker
Leelee SobieskiPolly Hamilton
Jerry GoffCaptain O’Neill (as Gerald Goff)
David CardeSpecial Agent
Aaron Roman WeinerSpecial Agent (as Aaron Weiner)
Keith KupfererAgent Sopsic
Turk MullerOther East Chicago Cop
Tim GrimmOther East Chicago Cop
Martie SandersIrene the Ticket Taker
Robyn LeAnn ScottElla Natasky (as Robyn Scott)
David John AdamsonBank President #3

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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