Public Enemies

Synopsis: This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night.
Director(s): Michael Mann
Production: Universal Studios
  1 win & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min

Because criminals flee in fast

automobiles across state lines,

thereby defeating

local jurisdiction

because there is no federal

police force to stop them.

By my tally, your

Bureau wants to spend

more taxpayers' dollars

catching crooks

than what the crooks you

catch stole in the first place.

Well, that's ridiculous.

The Bureau has apprehended

kidnappers and

bank robbers who have

stolen up to and in excess of... Really?

How many have you


We have arrested and

arraigned 213 wanted felons.

No, I mean you, Director

Hoover. How many?

Well, as Director, I administer.

How many have you

arrested personally?

I have never arrested anybody.

You've never arrested anybody.

Well, of course not.

I am an administrator.

With no field experience.

You are shockingly

unqualified, aren't you, sir?

You have never

personally conducted

a criminal investigation

in the field in your life.

I think you're a front.

I think your prowess

as a lawman is a myth

created from the hoopla of headlines

by Mr. Suydam, your publicist there.

Crimebusters, G-men, you're

setting yourself up as a czar?

That's running wild in my estimation.

A crime is what runs wild.

If this country requires

a Bureau such as yours,

I question whether you are

the person fit to run it.

Well, I will not be judged by a

kangaroo court of venal politicians.

Your appropriation

increase is denied.

Feed the following

to Walter Winchell.

McKellar is a Neanderthal, and he is

on a personal vendetta to destroy me.

We will not contest him

in his committee room.

We will fight him on the front page.

Where is John Dillinger?

Agent Purvis, congratulations.

Thank you, sir.

May I ask why?

They're ready for him.

This is Henry Suydam. He is

our expert in press relations.

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Ronan Bennett

Ronan Bennett (born 14 January 1956) is an Irish novelist and screenwriter. more…

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