Set during the Great Depression, Public Enemies is the true story of FBI agent Melvin Purvis’s attempt to stop criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. The film is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough’s non-fiction book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Christian Bale plays FBI agent Purvis, Johnny Depp plays Dillinger, Marion Cotillard plays Dillinger’s girlfriend Billie Frechette, Channing Tatum plays Floyd and Giovanni Ribisi plays Alvin Karpis.
The film starts in 1933 and is essentially a gangster flick, so expect plenty of three-piece suits, fedoras, overcoats, double breasted jackets, leather gloves, and gangster chic. Looks to be a great flick for vintage car enthusiasts also, chase scenes, crashes and all.
Universal Pictures’ Public Enemies (2009)
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