Public Enemies

July 1st 2009
  • Action/Drama,
  • R,
  • 143 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, John Ortiz, Billy Crudup, Emilie de Ravin, Giovanni Ribisi, Leelee Sobieski, David Wenham, Marion Cotillard, Shawn Hatosy, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Stephen Lang, Carey Mulligan, Stephen Graham, James Russo, Matt Craven, Luce Rains, Spencer Garrett, Branka Katic, Peter Gerety, Jason Clarke, Marc Grapey, Geoffrey Cantor, Christian Stolte
  • Director: Michael Mann
  • Writers: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman, Bryan Burrough
  • Producers: Michael Mann, Kevin Misher
  • Co Producers: Bryan H. Carroll, Gusmano Cesaretti, Kevin De La Noy
  • Associate Producer: Karl McMillan
  • Executive Producers: G. Mac Brown, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal
  • Art Directions: Patrick Lumb, William Ladd Skinner
  • Castings: Avy Kaufman, Bonnie Timmermann
  • Costume Design: Colleen Atwood
  • D.O.P.: Dante Spinotti
  • Editors: Jeffrey Ford, Paul Rubell
  • Makeup: Jane Galli
  • Music: Elliot Goldenthal
  • Production Design: Nathan Crowley
  • Set Decoration: Rosemary Brandenburg


The incredible and true story of legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger (Depp), the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover's fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

No one could stop Dillinger. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone, from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard), to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression.

But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang (later including the sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham)) thrilled many, Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw's capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Purvis, the dashing "Clark Gable of the FBI".

However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis' men in wild chases and shootouts. Only after importing a crew of Western ex-lawmen (newly baptized as agents), who were real gunfighters, and orchestrating epic betrayals, from the infamous "Lady in Red" to the Chicago crime boss Frank Nitti, were Purvis and the FBI able to close in on Dillinger.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Miami, USA; Wisconsin, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Gangster violence and some language
  • Production Budget: $80 million
  • Production Companies: Forward Pass, Misher Films, Relativity Media, Tribeca Productions
  • Production Schedule: 17 March 2008 - July 2008

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As a result of the writers' strike, director Michael Mann was able to cast Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard once their respective projects had been postponed. Depp was preparing to film Shantaram (2011) with Mira Nair while Cotillard was rehearsing for Rob Marshall's musical, Nine (2009).

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially attached to star in a leading role when this project was put into development in 2004.

In the trailer Johnny Depp says to one of the bank customers, "We're here for the bank's money, not yours." This line was in a previous Michael Mann film. It was said by Robert De Niro in Heat (1995).

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 1 July 2009: UK
  • 2 July 2009: Argentina, Chile, Greece
  • 3 July 2009: Brazil, Denmark, Mexico
  • 8 July 2009: France, Morocco
  • 9 July 2009: Croatia, Czech Republic, Israel, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea
  • 10 July 2009: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Turkey
  • 16 July 2009: Hungary
  • 22 July 2009: Belgium
  • 23 July 2009: Hong Kong, Russia, Ukraine
  • 24 July 2009: Norway, Sweden
  • 29 July 2009: Egypt
  • 30 July 2009: Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand
  • 5 August 2009: Iceland
  • 6 August 2009: Germany, Portugal
  • 14 August 2009: Finland, Romania, Spain
  • 18 December 2009: Italy