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Public Enemies (Single-Disc Edition) (2009)

Johnny Depp , Christian Bale  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Rory Cochrane, Matt Craven
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QEHPQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Public Enemies (Single-Disc Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Larger Than Life: Adversaries -- Johnny Depp and Christian Bale face off as the legendary Dillinger and Purvis. Feature Commentary with Director Michael Mann.

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Since crime auteur Michael Mann, like his protagonists, plays by his own rules, Public Enemies eschews back story and motivation for a closely-observed, action-packed examination of men at work. FBI supremo J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) kick-starts a nationwide manhunt when he proclaims John Dillinger (Johnny Depp, in top form) Public Enemy #1. Hoover taps Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to bring the Tommy Gun-toting bank robber in by any means necessary (the agency also targets Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson). If Dillinger had split the scene then and there, he might have enjoyed a happier fate, but he falls for beautiful coat-check girl Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard, whose open-hearted performance makes her the most sympathetic character in the film). In the end, though, Dillinger is the captain of his own destiny: his loyalty to his girl and his gang overpowers his desire to live free. Though the director also set his first film, Thief, and third series, Crime Story, in his native Chicago, Public Enemies plays more like Heat in Depression-era garb. In that L.A. policier, Al Pacino's cop develops a grudging respect for Robert De Niro's criminal, but letting a lawbreaker go free isn't an option. In this case, however, the tight-lipped Purvis never develops the same sort of esteem for Dillinger--or Hoover--making him the more tragic figure. If Public Enemies is less overtly commercial than The Untouchables or Bugsy, it's still the best mainstream gangster epic in ages and ranks among Mann's finest works. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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From award-winning director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) comes the film inspired by one of the country’s most captivating and infamous outlaws — John Dillinger. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean series) stars as the charismatic and elusive bank robber marked by the FBI as America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) plays Billie Frechette, the only woman capable of capturing his heart. Hunted relentlessly by top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight), Dillinger engages in an escalating game of outrunning and outgunning the FBI, culminating in an explosive, legendary showdown. “It’s a landmark crime saga” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

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74 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Michael Mann Masterpiece July 3, 2009
"Public Enemies" proves that Michael Mann is right up there with Martin Scorsese at directing compelling crime dramas. This film, based on a book detailing the nexus of John Dillinger, J. Edgar Hoover, and Melvin Purvis, covers the last year and a half in the life of the famed bank robber, who was branded "Public Enemy Number 1" by Hoover, who was building what would become the FBI. Chasing Dillinger for Hoover was Purvis, who relentlessly pursued Dillinger until the fateful night outside the Biography Theater in Chicago.

Johnny Depp plays Dillinger as a fun-loving but dangerous criminal whose only plan seems to be to live life on the edge until he falls off. As usual, his performance is engaging and utterly believable. Billy Crudup wonderfully plays Hoover as a man obsessed with growing the Bureau, obsessed with public relations, and obsessed with capturing John Dilliger, and Christian Bale plays Purvis as an intelligent, capable, and caught in the difficult position of trying to catch Dillinger while at the same time pleasing a demanding, overbearing publicity seeker.

The film features great supporting performances from Marion Cotillard as Dillinger's girlfriend, Billie Frechette, and Stephen Lang as a veteran Bureau agent assigned to hunt Dillinger.

This is film has plenty of action and thrills, but also possesses great acting, intelligent writing, and masterful directing by Mann. Public Enemies is one the best films to come out in the summer of '09.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
"Public Enemies", helmed by famed director Michael Mann, is a thriller of the most testosterone fueled variety. It's a fast paced actioner brimming at the seams with intense shootouts and a well-stocked cast of steely-eyed, square-jawed men harboring classic narcissistic complexes. Johnny Depp makes a suave, calculating Dillinger. It's more of a manufactured character than an interpretation of the real life Dillinger, but this is of little consequence because Depp achieves grand theatrics with his sullen glare and devil-may-care attitude. He plays it much as I imagine Steve McQueen would've in his heyday, plowing through his world with a sort of darkly cool, apathetic demeanor that suggests he doesn't care one way or the other about anything.

The supporting characters are superlative as well, particularly Stephen Dorff as Homer Van Meter. There's an intensity to his character that Dorff really brings out. In fact, I didn't even recognize him at first (interestingly, he looked very similar to actor Tim DeKay). Jason Clarke, who portrays John "Red" Hamilton, is an actor primarily known for his television work. I surmise he was chosen for his striking resemblance to the real life criminal; just compare his photograph to the infamous mug of Hamilton. He's probably the most featured gangster, other than Dillinger, being that Hamilton is portrayed as his right hand man. Of course, Christian Bale turns in an able performance as respected G-Man Melvin Purvis - donning yet another one of his famed accents for the role.

The film begins in medias res with an exciting jailbreak, something which I greatly enjoyed. I was happy the film didn't waste time trying to explain Dillinger's childhood and upbringing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 31, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was really expecting a bit more from this movie. The plot was rather hollow, the dialogue was hard to follow at times, and the characters were very one dimensional and uninteresting. Halfway through the movie, I found myself asking "is it over yet?" If you really want to see this, I suggest you rent it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that drips quality but has some notable flaws October 31, 2009
By CJ
Format:DVD
Most of this film works incredibly well. The period piece feel is completely effective, and Johnny Depp is compelling and watchable as Dillinger. I felt Christian Bale's performance was well judged, as he played a man who was a bit of a weasel but it's not how we're used to seeing Bale.

For the rest of the cast, Stephen Graham stands out. The violence and setpieces are well done, some of the best I've seen.

The flaws are in some aspects of the narrative, which flags in places, and that some confusion on minor points can arise. But overall this is good cinema and well worth seeing.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I started viewing the John Dillinger dramatization with the understanding that movies about larger than life, iconic characters are nearly always heavily rife with exaggeration and a fair amount of creative license, but "Public Enemies" really went overboard.

Johnny Depp was perfectly cast in the role of Dillinger, in that he does over the top very well, and the role called for that kind of acting.

There was the obligatory contrived love story arc that brought "Pearl Harbor" to mind. I think a lot of the story of Dillinger's life was sacrificed for the benefit of an awkward, underdeveloped love interest that was only present to fit into a formulaic design to construct the movie.

A really nice part of the film was the cinematography. The mix of wide angle shots and shaky first person shooting immersed me in the action scenes.

One of the more innovative scenes used an effect of transitioning to antique video camera type quality in the presence of period news crews. Another great scene started at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters and turned into Dillinger watching a newsreel of the headquarters seamlessly.

Any time a movie is done in a historical setting, I usually try to suspend disbelief and not really worry about historical accuracy. I understand that for a movie designed to make money, historical accuracy will always be thrown out in favor of making the movie more marketable and appealing. However there are usually blatant historical inaccuracies that can trigger me to go on a hunt to look for all the problems with the film.

For "Public Enemies," this blatant disregard for fact happened when Dillinger accompanied a girlfriend to the Chicago Police headquarters while she was getting a waitressing license.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars for all you Johnny Depp fans
Good movie
Published 4 days ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just okay, nothing special, but it does make the FBI into a bunch of incompetents.
Published 6 days ago by Jon Vanirson
5.0 out of 5 stars Depp was perfect as Dillinger
Mann still got it! Depp was perfect as Dillinger.
Published 7 days ago by Jason Rumbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars some of this movie was filmed here in Chicago the ...
some of this movie was filmed here in Chicago the inside of that police station was in the 16th district .
Published 10 days ago by Enrico F Consiglio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as described!
Published 16 days ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Depp is Good but Bale is Better
Coming in at nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, one of Public Enemies' biggest problems is the length of the movie. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie, events are incorrect time but only to identify certain people and make dillinger the 5 star that this movie is.
Published 23 days ago by brandon
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't seenit...
I purchased this movie as a Christmas gift. I haven't watched it yet but, Johnny Depp is a good actor so it might be OK.
Published 1 month ago by Walker Run
4.0 out of 5 stars Public Enemies not bad not epic though
This is a well done movie. Good story great acting the film is crisp and clean. A couple of things I didn't like was the CG on Depps face when he jumps the counter in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to understand at times
Johnny Depp is hard to understand at times. All in all one good movie. Our summer home is close to Little Bohemia
so I wanted a copy for my personal viewing pleasure and to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. J. Phyle
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yes same problem here. the audio kept cutting in and out. softer and louder. it was very hard to hear the dialogue at some parts
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I think the story and the talent were there but Mann dropped the ball. Depp would be the ideal actor to portray the fun loving guy who won the hearts of the depression era despite being a bad guy. He was too hard and stiff in the film not like the actual footage we have seen of Dillinger.
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How would you rate Christian Bale's performance in Public Enemies?
I didn't see public enemies but I'd rate Bale's performance in public enemies 1 out of 10 as for Johnny Depp I'd rate his performance 10 out of 10!!!
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