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Dillinger (1973)




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As in this biopic's 1945 predecessor, the life of John Dillinger is highly fictionalized in this film which includes appearances by the gangster's (Warren Oates) compadres--Baby Face Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss), Pretty Boy Floyd (Steven Kanaly) and Homer Van Meter (Harry Dean Stanton).

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Warren Oates
as John Dillinger
Ben Johnson
as Melvin Purvis
Michelle Phillips
as Billie Frechette
Cloris Leachman
as Anna Sage
Harry Dean Stanton
as Homer Van Meter
Geoffrey Lewis
as Harry Pierpont
John P. Ryan
as Charles Mackley
Richard Dreyfuss
as Baby Face Nelson
Steve Kanaly
as Pretty Boy Floyd
John Martino
as Eddie Martin
Terry J. Leonard
as Theodore "Handsome Jack" Klutas
Roy Jenson
as Samuel Cowley, Special Agent, F.B.I.
Boyd 'Read' Morgan
as Big Jim Wollard
Frank McRae
as Reed Youngblood
Jerry Summers
as Tommy Carroll
Terry Leonard
as Theodore `Handsome Jack' Klutas
Read Morgan
as Big Jim Wollard
Bob Harris
as Ed Fulton
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Critic Reviews for Dillinger

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Dillinger is the film, we may speculate, that John Milius was born to make: violent, tough, filled with guns and blood.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Plenty of dapper technique

September 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Plenty of Cheap Thrills.

June 25, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An authentic, highly entertaining gangster film with lots of exciting gunplay.

October 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Like other writers, John Milius began his directing career in the crime-gangster genre for American International.

July 4, 2005 | Rating: C+

Underrated crime flick from John Milius. Oates is fantastic!

April 17, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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

Wahida K
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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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