Dillinger (1973)





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John Milius's first directorial effort in its own small way set the stage in the 1970s for a subgenre of action films that depict a nostalgia for historical figures tinged with a hard-edged skepticism. Warren Oates stars as John Dillinger, whose short-lived career as Public Enemy No.1 was, at least according to Milius, promoted by Dillinger with a self-absorbed boosterism, comforting his victims by telling them, "Someday you'll tell your grandchildren about this." The film captures the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: John Milius
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
American International Pictures


as John Dillinger

as Melvin Purvis

as Billie Frechette

as Anna Sage

as Homer Van Meter

as Harry Pierpont

as Baby Face Nelson

as Pretty Boy Floyd

as Ed Fulton

as Eddie Martin

as Theodore "Handsome J...

as Samuel Cowley, Speci...

as Big Jim Wollard

as Charles Mackley

as Reed Youngblood

as Tommy Carroll

as Big Jim Wollard

as Theodore `Handsome J...

as Ed Fulton
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Critic Reviews for Dillinger

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Plenty of dapper technique

Full Review… | September 6, 2009

Plenty of Cheap Thrills.

Full Review… | June 25, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Dillinger

John Milius's Dillinger is a somewhat of a romanticized retelling of criminal John Dillinger's exploits. Dillinger is a flawed film that though is entertaining and worth seeing, it ignores several important facts. After reading extensively on John Dillinger and seeing both Public Enemies, and Dillinger, I have to say that Public Enemies is a bit more accurate than this film. The problem with Dillinger is that director John Milius directs a film that uses real facts, but waters the facts down with too much fiction. Say what you want about Public Enemies, but that film was far more accurate, with minimal inaccuracies. Dillinger is an entertaining film despite the fact that Milius ignores facts, (I enjoy a bit of authenticity to films dealing about 1930's bank robbers). However this film does have some good things going for it. For one the lead who plays the title character of John Dillinger, Warren Oates looks like Dillinger and delivers a great performance as the title character. I liked the film, and though it is nothing compared to the classic, Bonnie & Clyde, Dillinger is still a good film to watch and enjoy if you love gangster films. Dillinger has some great action scenes and bank robbery scenes. Dillinger is a good film, but it isn't the definitive film on the exploits of John Dillinger. I enjoyed the film however, but I felt that the film could have been done much better than this. Dillinger is nonetheless a good film to see for viewers that enjoy a good bank robbery film, and despite its inaccuracies, Dillinger is still a fun film to watch.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I am still waiting for a better Movie based upon John Dillinger.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

it has a kind of cheesy tv movie feel but overall it's pretty entertaining. dreyfuss is downright laughable as babyface nelson but harry dean stanton always makes me smile and i thought warren oates was damn good as dillinger. i still have trouble imagining johnny depp in the part. we'll see.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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