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Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2009)

Johnny Depp , Christian Bale , Michael Mann  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Rory Cochrane, Matt Craven
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, 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: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 30, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QEHPQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 Larger Than Life: Adversaries -- Johnny Depp and Christian Bale face off as the legendary Dillinger and Purvis. Feature Commentary with Director Michael Mann. Disc 2 Michael Mann: Making Public Enemies -- See Michael Mann work with his cast, including Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard. Last of the Legendary Outlaws -- A look at the real John Dillinger and other notorious gangsters including Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd. On Dillinger's Trail: The Real Locations -- Compare the real locations used in the film through behind-the-scenes and archival footage. Criminal Technology -- See how Johnny Depp and the cast trained to use the guns and cars that gangsters used in the 1930's. Digital Copy (must be redeemed by 12/31/2010).

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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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6 of 6 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
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the flow of the movie
I liked the flow of the movie. Times and events have been melded together and attributed to characters that don't mimic accounts of the time, but it's still entertaining. Read more
Published 1 day ago by David C. Breon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Depp
Published 12 days ago by Pat Gurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Mann's better films
Published 20 days ago by Henry Strohbeck
4.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT-LOT OF ACTION
FAIRLY GOOD MOVIE,NOT AS GOOD AS THE MOVIE DILLINGER WITH BEN JOHNSON AND WARREN OATES,WORTH THE MONEY I PAID!
Published 22 days ago by Bushwhacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie
Published 24 days ago by George De La Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Thank you
Published 24 days ago by Martino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 27 days ago by scott c waggett
5.0 out of 5 stars BANG BANG!
A subtle essay on manhood. BANG BANG!
Published 28 days ago by Anthony Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie. I'm aware that a lot of the ...
This was a great movie. I'm aware that a lot of the events were documented facts, but I wonder how much was Hollywood fabrication. Johnny Depp is awesome as John Dillinger!!!
Published 29 days ago by Mercedes
4.0 out of 5 stars They are all public enemies
A life of danger seemed to be an intoxicating force that drove Dillinger more than anything. It was an addiction that drove him, an unstoppable trail of destruction between... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Damian P. Gadal
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