Archive of films Public Enemies / Public Enemies

2009, 143 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2009

John Dillinger and his gang carried out a series of daring bank robberies. Americans, decimated by the Depression, saw the charismatic gangster as a modern-day Robin Hood, while the government dubbed him public enemy number one. FBI Agent Purvis must also deal with Dillinger’s powerful protectors. Highly-regarded director Michael Mann has now added this Johnny Depp gangster drama to his masterworks Heat (1995) and Miami Vice (2006).


John Dillinger became a legend during the Great Depression when he and his boys carried out a series of daring bank robberies. He thus became public enemy number one as determined by America’s justice system. In Public Enemies, J. Edgar Hoover sets dogged, experienced FBI Agent Purvis on Dillinger’s trail with orders to eliminate him and his gang. But Purvis comes up against the hard fact that most Americans consider his elegant and charismatic nemesis a modern-day Robin Hood. On top of that, the gangster has powerful protectors. Dillinger’s story has made it to the silver screen several times over the years. In Michael Mann’s version, the highly-regarded director chose a method – corresponding to his previous masterful works Heat (1995) and Miami Vice (2006) – that focuses on the ambivalent struggle between good and evil. This star-studded gangster drama is based on Bryan Burrough’s bestseller Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34.

About the director

Michael Mann (b. 1943, Chicago) started in television in the 1970s, working as a writer, director, and producer on various series (e.g. "Starsky and Hutch”). His foremost works include the crime drama Thief (1981) starring James Caan; The Keep (1983), a horror film set in World War II; an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel Manhunter (1986), starring Brian Cox in the role of cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter; the Daniel Day-Lewis adventure romance The Last of the Mohicans (1992); the crime drama Heat (1995) starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro; the Al Pacino thriller The Insider (1999); the biopic Ali (2001); a psychological drama starring Tom Cruise entitled Collateral (2004); and a film version of the classic TV series, Miami Vice (2006), with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. He is also a successful movie producer.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Michael Mann
Screenplay: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman podle knihy / based on the book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 by Bryan Burrough
Dir. of Photography: Dante Spinotti
Music: Elliot Goldenthal
Editor: Jeffrey Ford, Paul Rubell
Producer: Michael Mann, Kevin Misher
Production: Universal Pictures, Forward Pass, Misher Films
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Graham, Giovanni Ribisi
Contact: Bontonfilm, a.s.
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.


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