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Dillinger (1991)





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Dillinger is a messily directed, haphazardly edited TV movie, which takes a revisionist squint at the criminal career of the 1930s' Public Enemy Number One. Mark Harmon captures some of the charisma but little of the ruthlessness of John Dillinger, while Sherilyn Fenn gives an anachronistic interpretation of the gun moll who eventually betrays Johnny D. to the Feds. Vince Edwards is supposed to be FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover, but comports himself more like a grouchy crossing guard. The film is rife with poorly staged gun battles (including the Biograph Theatre finale), shot in a shivery "MTV" fashion which suggests that the camera operator has St. Vitas' Dance. Most of Dillinger was lensed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the 1930s-style exteriors were well chosen, though the interior scenes at FBI headquarters look like they were filmed inside the Milwaukee Public Library--which indeed they were.


Mark Harmon
as John Dillinger
Bruce Abbott
as Pierpont
Tom Bower
as Capt. Leach
Lawrence Tierney
as Sheriff Sarber
John Philbin
as Hamilton
Yvonne Suhor
as Jacqueline
Larry Gittelson
as Emil Wanatka
Joe Guzaldo
as Sam Cowley
Michael Krawic
as Eddie Green
Ramsay Midwood
as Charles Makley
Ralph Foody
as Dillinger's Dad
Tom White
as Homer Van Meter
Malcolm Rothman
as Lou Piguett
Kurt Naeberg
as Baby Face Nelson
Rod Sell
as Robert Estill
Peggy Roeder
as Sheriff Lillian Haley
Lucy Childs
as Anna Sage
Joe V. Greco
as Zarkovich
Tim Grimm
as Reporter No. 1
Laurel Cronin
as Mrs. Sarber
Greg Kinnear
as Arizona Lawman
Mariann Mayberry
as Bank Teller
Rebecca Borter
as Mrs. Wanatka
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