Movies that are slightly off.
The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934.
Warren Oates is Letterboxd's superstar Todd Gaines favorite actor. Based on Todd's recommendations....I have found myself watching more Oates' movies. Dillinger is one of Oates' few starring roles that I have come across over the last year. I know I am not a Warren Oates expert....but I think his role as Dillinger might be his career highlight.
In this movie we get to follow John Dillinger as he travels around the MidWest robbing backs and becoming a celebrity. Hot on his trail is Melvin Purvis (Ben Johnson). It is hard to watch this movie and not compare it to the Johnny Depp/Christain Bale Public Enemies Dillinger movie. Well I think Public Enemies is more historically accurate....but Dillinger is a much…
All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it's happened I guess I'm just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy.
- John Dillinger
this would make a great double-bill with public enemies if for no other reason than to contrast the interpretations of dillinger's story and the contextual information relayed by the directors. obviously oates is infinitely greater than depp could ever hope to be but the real point of interest is the difference between mann and milius. mann wants to turn dillinger into myth - the final hero of the old america - in a conscious retelling of the story where…
I think I just developed a man-crush on John Milius!
He invented the phrase "Go ahead, make my day", is the inspiration for the creature called Walter Sobchak, he proposed to have Rush Limbaugh drawn and quartered, his debuts as a director (also wrote the script) with Dillinger (wich was a blast) and, of course, he smokes cigars and sports a smashing, grey beard.
Warren Oates (another man-crush times infinity) actually looks a lot like John Dillinger. And leads the line pretty well, with a pretty awesome support cast having his back. Harry Dean Stanton, Ben Johnson, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Dreyfuss, Chloris Leachman and Michelle Phillips.
Even if the criminals are portrayed rather humane, I think Milius favoured…
"Decent folk don't live that good."
Talk about B-movie heaven! Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, and Harry Dean Stanton! In addition, there's Michelle Philips, Geoffrey Lewis, Cloris Leachman, and... Richard Dreyfuss? I do have to admit, it was great to see Dreyfuss take a knee in the balls. Directed by John Milius of Red Dawn and Conan the Barbarian.
The amount of ammunition fired is second only to Black Hawk Down. My word, they expend a ton of rounds. This is certainly post-Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. Lots and lots of people die, many more than did in reality.
Speaking of reality, this movie isn't too concerned with it. They get a lot of names right, and some dates, a few details, but who was with the gang…
Milius version of bank robber John Dillinger is a rough and violent one. With Warren Oates as the famous outlaw. The most odd thing is Ben Johnson as Melvin Purvis, the famous federal agent played like an avenging psychotic angel getting rid of all the rats on the federal list of public enemies in the 1930's. Good Tommy gun action here.
"Decent folk don't live that good."
Can't believe this gem has been sitting unwatched on my shelf for about 7 years but am very happy I caught up with it.
With a cast of character actors to make any cinephile spontaneously ejaculate in their seats and assured direction by John Milius, Dillinger delivers.
One of the best holed-up gang shoot-outs I've seen that makes The Devil's Rejects opening set-piece look like amateur night.
Arrow is releasing the blu-ray in April...cannot wait.
John Milius' first film as writer/director.
While Dillinger won't prove enlightening to the individuals who are already intimate with the famous outlaw's story, Milius and (his exceptional leading man) Oates conjure up just enough of their own cinematic magic to make the ordeal a thrilling, sometimes barbarous affair.
In many ways a better film than Public Enemies, Oates is a more believable Dillinger.
A narratively by-the-numbers bio-crime pic, elevated by Milius's hard as nails direction and a brilliant performance by Warren Oats, who really is the absolute double of the Dillinger.
Now I don't know how much of this movie is historically accurate but if Milius say's Harry Dean Stanton was running around firing a machine gun twice his size then I'll believe him. Why aren't there more movies featuring a machine gun-toting Harry Dean Stanton?? This also ranks as one of Stanton best death scenes - and in a career full of them, that's a strong compliment. It's fucking brutal.
In fact, the entire movie is brutal. Just an endless run of action scenes culminating in men with fadora's shooting other men…
They likely spent more money on squibs for this movie than John Dillinger ever managed to steal from people. These shootouts are beautiful. Milius at his toughest.
I always gravitate to movies made in the 70's as that was the era I grew up in
Warren Oates plays John Dillinger, Public Enemy #1 and it doesn't have a happy ending either
Search this one out if you want to try something that isn't typical Hollywood fare
Great shoot outs in this film, Bloody and Exiting, and the story itself brings across these times of Dillinger and the lawman taking him down. and shows what Michael Manns Public Enemies could and should have been.
Alternatives to the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list named by /r/truefilm's community. With notes. Inspired by Jonathan Rosenbaum's list.
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…