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Dillinger (1991)

The film is based on the actual events of the pursuit of American bank robber John Dillinger during the 1930s.

Director:

Rupert Wainwright

Writer:

Paul F. Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... John Dillinger
Sherilyn Fenn ... Billie Frechette
Will Patton ... Melvin Purvis
Bruce Abbott ... Harry Pierpont
Tom Bower ... Capt. Leach
Patricia Arquette ... Polly
Xander Berkeley ... Copeland
Yvonne Suhor ... Jacqueline
John Philbin ... Hamilton
Amy Yasbeck ... Elaine
David Neidorf ... Clark
Vince Edwards ... Hoover
Lawrence Tierney ... Sheriff Sarber
Joe Guzaldo Joe Guzaldo ... Sam Cowley
Michael Krawic ... Eddie Green
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Storyline

The film is based on the actual events of the pursuit of American bank robber John Dillinger during the 1930s.

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Armed. Extremely dangerous.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of John Dillinger See more »

Filming Locations:

East Troy, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The large Bank they rob was actually the lobby of the Milwaukee Public Library. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, following the bank robbery in Chicago, the camera pulls back to show the entire chase from a roof top in Milwaukee. In the distance, at the top of the screen, you can see the Phister Hotel Tower, which is a tall, round art-deco type style building. It was opened for business in the early 1970's. See more »

Quotes

Billie Frechette: The next thing you're going to do is tell me you're John Dillinger.
John Dillinger: Pleased to meet you.
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Connections

Version of Public Enemies (2009) See more »

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This was surprisingly good!!!!! Needs to be on DVD post haste!
13 February 2018 | by mbsSee all my reviews

Really tightly made biopic of Dillinger and his immediate rise to fame, and Melvin Purvis (here played by Will Patton) subsequent pursuit of the man. Its very well shot, its very well acted--Mark Harmon is quite good as Dillinger--he's again a surprisingly effective Dillinger. He's nice and laid back for the most part, but there's a definite edge to him that slips out when stressed or pushed. Its very well done....You see why he was well liked (He wanted to enjoy his life as much as he could) and you see why he was also so hated by the men pursuing him. I actually think this is a better biopic than Michael Mann's 2009 film "Public Enemies" which covers much the same terrain plot-wise. If anything, this is much tighter, and much more fast paced, and even more surprisingly--the big FBI raid on the compound where they find out Dillinger and his men are staying is actually even better shot--for one thing its actually shot in daylight and you can see what's happening unlike in Public Enemies where its shot in almost total darkness. Anyways this is a really worthy biopic even if made for commercial tv (meaning there are obvious spots where the commercials would go when this was running on tv) its well worthy of being better known, and frankly fans of Mark Harmon on NCIS will love seeing him here. (I know I did!)


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