• Public Enemies (2009)

Public Enemies

Release Date: July 1st, 2009

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 2009

R |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's (Johnny Depp) charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephen Lang, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham

Director: Michael Mann

Genres: Action , Thriller , Crime drama

Production Co: Forward Pass, Misher Films

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Dark, Fall, Gritty, Intense, Girlfriend, Escape, Pursuit, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film lacks the juice promised by the teaming of such extraordinary filmmakers with a cast as large as a Hooverville encampment. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is a very good film, with Depp and Bale performances of brutal clarity. I'm trying to understand why it is not quite a great film. I think it may be because it deprives me of some stubborn need for closure. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Public Enemies comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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