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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).
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
Stills from Public Enemies (Click for larger image)
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|Audio problems with the bluray?||
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
Dec 30, 2009 by J. Clark | See all 5 posts
So far, every copy I have seen at Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and Target have the slipcase.
Jan 28, 2010 by Istvan Kolnhofer | See all 5 posts
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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Aug 2, 2009 by Happy Amazon customer | See all 2 posts
|Public Enemies 2009 blu ray - Christian Bale????||
It's an alphabetical thing. Bale, Bolger, B-something....
Oct 25, 2009 by JJ Thompson | See all 3 posts
|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!!!
Oct 13, 2009 by DRH | See all 2 posts
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