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Public Enemies
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Directed By
Michael Mann

Written By:
Michael Mann, Ann Biderman, Ronan Bennett, Bryan Burrough

Cast:
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, John Ortiz, Billy Crudup, Emilie de Ravin, Giovanni Ribisi, Leelee Sobieski, David Wenham, Marion Cotillard, Shawn Hatosy, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Stephen Lang, Carey Mulligan, Stephen Graham, James Russo, Laurence Mason, Matt Craven, Luce Rains, Spencer Garrett, Branka Katic, Peter Gerety, Jason Clarke, Joe DeVito, Marc Grapey, Geoffrey Cantor, Christian Stolte, Jennifer Badger, Don Frye, Alan Wilder, Britt Barrett, Suzy Brack, Richard Short, Angelina Lyubomirova, Michael Bentt, Bill Camp, Wesley Walker, Joseph Luis Caballero, Randy Ryan, Tommy Bartlett, Adam Mucci, Guy Van Swearingen, Adam Clark, Kurt Naebig, John Thurner, Don Kress, Holly Barrett, Emily Margaret Heitzer, Joseph Mazurk, Aaron Roman Weiner, Robert A. Young, Kris Wolff, William Nero Jr., Gareth Saxe, Rick Uecker, John Lister, Andrew Steele, Greg McAleer, Kelli Clevenger, Max Daniels, Shannon Edwards, Naomi Heilmann, John Rainone jr., John Judd, Bob Kaliebe, Thomas Kosik, Michael P. LaRaviere, Domenick Lombardozzi, Steve Mikula, Laura Otto, Gary Sedlock, Joe Sinopoli, Monica Sly, Dion Strowhorn Sr., Matt Ukena, Lisa Wolf, Abi McKenzie, Randy Bernales, Dan Latham, James Currie, Shanyn Leigh, J. Alec Holmes, Rebecca Spence, Ben Mac Brown, Beau Nelson, Joe Drilling, Madison Dirks, Chandler Williams, Tracey Ruggiero, John Michael Bolger, Nancy McCrumb, Michael Vieau, Suzanne Prescott, John Hoogenakker, Carl Paoli, Carlos Villalobos, Jordan Lawson, Donald G. Asher, Turk Muller, Brian Connelly, Claire Tuft, Jonathan Macchi, David John Adamson, Madison Dirks, Jeff Still, John Scherp, Daniel Maldonado, Jeff Shannon, Philip M. Potempa, Laurie McNeilly, Jack Henry Richardson, John Fenner Mays, Tom E. Ford, Martie Sanders, Mike Bach, Dale Caba, Ross Clifton, Eric Cooper, Shaun Daley, Ross Freier, Chad Manuel, J.R. Martino, Dailyn Matthews, Joel Paul Reisig, Mckeel Robins, Duane Sharp, Matthew Vuckovich, John Walski, Bernadett Belinda York, Tom Lodewyck, Jim Carrane, Tom Lustina, Jim Shinkle

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Public Enemies (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
December 13th, 2009

When I was a kid, I read up a lot about the outlaws in fairly current history, having gotten my hands on one of those Time set of books that they put out during the '80's that my friend's dad owned. Billy the Kid and John Dillinger were my two favorites, so I'm lucky to have a lot of supplemental knowledge about what Dillinger was into before I ended up watching this movie.

The movie looks absolutely glorious in its cinematography and it contains a lot of good acting and a feel for just how bold of a criminal that Dillinger was. It also has the detriment of living in the moment. If you don't know a lot about the time period, don't expect the movie to be an educational tool for you. It does a lot of assuming that you either have knowledge about Dillinger or that you're watching the movie for a piece that can stand alone without having to hold your hand for the historical aspects.

For these reasons, the movie is a good one. It looks good and it plays well, but it is lacking. Much of the film is gun fights that hold little to the story other than satisfying people's lust for watching the outlaws shoot it out with one another. When the movie focuses a little bit more on who Dillinger was as a personality, it works better. But overall, it's little more than a pretty picture that has a great cast. Really, nothing much more to it than that. I advise reading about Dillinger to supplement your opinion of him.

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