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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 highlights of Dillinger's criminal career, as seen through the eyes of Melvin Purvis… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Plenty of dapper technique"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Like other writers, John Milius began his directing career in the crime-gangster genre for American International."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's plays fast and loose with the facts, but Oates is always fun to watch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Plenty of Cheap Thrills."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Underrated crime flick from John Milius. Oates is fantastic!"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"An authentic, highly entertaining gangster film with lots of exciting gunplay."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Warren really feels his oats as the title gangster of this gruesome but gripping true crime drama."
‑ Spyder Darling, NY Rock
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