Based on author Bryan Burrough's ambitious tome Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43, director Michael Mann's sprawling historical crime drama follows the efforts of top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale ) in capturing notorious bank robber John Dillinger. A folk hero to the American public thanks to his penchant for robbing the banks that many people believed responsible for the Great Depression, charming bandit Dillinger (Johnny Depp) was virtually unstoppable at the height of his criminal career; no jail could hold him, and his exploits endeared him to the common people while making headlines across the country. J. Edgar Hoover's (Billy Crudup) FBI was just coming into formation, and what better way for the ambitious lawman to transform his fledgling Bureau of Investigation into a national police force than to capture the gang that always gets away? Determined to bust Dillinger and his crew, which also included sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi), Hoover christened Dillinger the country's very first Public Enemy Number One, and unleashed Purvis to take them down by whatever means necessary. But Purvis underestimated Dillinger's ingenuity as a master criminal, and after embarking on a frantic series of chases and shoot-outs, the dashing agent humbly surmised that he was in over his head. Outwitted and outgunned, Purvis knew that his only hope for busting Dillinger's gang was to baptize a crew of Western ex-lawmen as official agents, and orchestrate a series of betrayals so cunning that even America's criminal mastermind wouldn't know what hit him. Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, and Stephen Dorff co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Movie Level Themes
Crime Sprees, On the Run, Bank Robbery
Movie Level Tones
Tense, Stylized, Gritty, Atmospheric
Larger Than Life: Adversaries
Michael Mann: Making Public Enemies
Last of the Legendary Outlaws
On Dillinger's Trail: The Real Locations
Feature Commentary with Director Michael Mann
D-Box Motion Enabled
Michael Mann's 2009 crime thriller Public Enemies tells the story of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger -- in the most brooding and serious terms possible. You might think that a movie about one of the most beloved badasses in criminal history would be all about explosiveness and fun. But, then again, you'd probably think the same thing about a movie adaptation of Miami Vice. Exuberance just isn't Mann's style, and for people who want a little payoff or satisfaction in their two and a half hours of plodding, teeth-grinding intensity, that will be a problem. But for people who loved Heat, this is a tour de force.
Johnny Depp stars as Dillinger, whom we first meet as he's leading a violent nine-man escape from Indiana State Prison. He and his gang soon get down to work robbing banks, relying on a complex network of syndicate cooperation and one-step-ahead criminal smarts to stay out of jail. They fill their off-hours with swanky Chicago parties, which is how Dillinger meets a dark-haired minx named Billie (played by Marion Cotillard, whose usual high-caliber acting chops are occasionally belied by her extremely inconsistent accent), and falls immediately in love. Sadly, we know that their romance is probably of the doomed variety, as Dillinger -- despite becoming a celebrity for the anti-heroic times -- is the most wanted man in America, and J. Edgar Hoover (played with a rapid-fire, old-timey accent and impressive fat-face by Billy Crudup) has created an entire federal task force devoted to his capture, led by stand-up Southern gentleman Melvin Purvis (played with even greater solemnity than usual by Christian Bale).
The real-life Dillinger was a full-on rock star in the desperate 1930s, when people were ecstatic to see someone bilk the institutions that had let so many down. Depp's performance as the swaggering folk hero offers a lot of nuance in this regard, depicting the renegade as a natural celebrity, effortlessly charismatic and smirkingly self-aware. Dillinger was, after all, known to have peppered his stick-ups with biting quips and counter-jumping acrobatics that he copied from the movies. And yet, it stays clear in Depp's portrayal that he's an authentic outlaw, a reasonably skilled and certainly accomplished gangster, not just some Bonnie and Clyde-type newsreel cad -- all buzz with no rap sheet to back it up.
There are plenty of scenes devoted to what would generally be considered gangster-movie badassery, stuff like police shoot-outs conducted largely with machine guns and bank heists featuring Depp in a fedora and overcoat, wielding two hand cannons. But while these moments are impressive, and even sometimes awesome, like everything else in Public Enemies, they're also often joyless. Mann just isn't interested in celebration; almost everything is deliberate and grinding -- an idea of realism that never builds toward triumph, or even tragedy. If movies like Collateral and The Insider are anything to go by, it would seem pretty clear that Mann just prefers tension to excitement, and Public Enemies proves once again that he can create beautiful cinema out of this perspective. But for audiences who can't bring themselves to share his rather sedate vision, beauty might not be enough. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
Blu-Ray Drive or Blu-Ray Player
In Stock, Same Business Day Shipping This product is in stock in our warehouse. You have a choice of Ground Service, 2nd Day Air, or Overnight Delivery for domestic orders.
Unavailable This product is currently unavailable. If you would like suggestions for similar products, please contact our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-408-350-1484.
This product is available for pre-order. By pre-ordering you can receive new products shortly after the manufacturer releases them. In most cases, pre-order items will ship one day before the estimated manufacturer release date. For the estimated manufacturer release date, check the Product Description page (from a search listing, click on the name of the product).
Not Eligible for Shipping
This product is available in-store only, and is not accepting orders for shipping. Please place a reservation using our free In-Store Pickup to verify availability at your local store.
Available for our shipping option only
If an item that you are interested in states that it is only available for our shipping option, the option to pick up your order at our local Fry's Electronics store is unavailable. However, Frys.com offers competitive shipping prices to have your orders conveniently delivered to your home. For further assistance, please call one of our friendly Sales Associates at 1-408-350-1484.
Over Size Shipments
Televisions 50" or larger, and any item exceeding 150lbs will ship through our alternate courier (ABF). Tracking information and delivery instructions will be provided via e-mail. Residential delivery is available within the continental U.S by ground shipping only with an average delivery time of 5-10 business days. Second day and Express service is unavailable. Standard ground shipping includes curbside service (delivery). Inside delivery, debris removal and delivery by appointment is available at additional cost.
Special order products are not stocked in Fry's Electronics stores, but products can be ordered through the Frys.com website or by visiting a local Fry's Electronics store. The special order program allows Fry's to provide you with a larger product selection for your convenience.
A credit card authorization will be processed when your special order is placed through the Frys.com website and will be shipped to the address you specify in your order. However, your credit card will not be charged until the product is shipped.
Special orders processed in a Fry's Electronics store are billed when the order is processed. Orders placed in a Fry's Electronics store are shipped directly to the store. When your order arrives at the store, we will call you to let you know your product is ready for pickup. Special order products can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. Special order items are non-refundable.
This product is currently not in-stock in our fulfillment center. We are accepting orders for this product, but we do not have an estimated arrival date. Our buying team is working diligently to obtain this product from our supplier. A credit card authorization will be processed when your order is placed. However, your credit card will not be charged until the product is shipped.
Ship by (Ships with estimated date provided)
This product is currently not in-stock in our fulfillment center. The date provided is an estimated date and is subject to the manufacturer's availability. A credit card authorization will be processed when your order is placed. However, your credit card will not be charged until the product is shipped.
Not Eligible for Shipping This product is available in-store only and is not accepting orders for shipping. Please place a reservation using our free In-Store Pickup to verify availability at your local store.
Available In Store - Not Available for Reservation This product is currently available in-store only and cannot be reserved using In-Store Pickup. This item is while supplies last and sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to quantities on hand. Stock levels and availability are not available over the phone or through email; please visit your local store for details and availability.
Confirm Availability using In-Store Pickup
The most recent information shows that this product is in-stock at this location, but availability is subject to prior sale. Ensure availability by reserving this product with Free In-Store Pickup.
OPEN BOX ITEM.
Sold Out at this store location This product is currently sold out at this location. Click Change Store to see if it may be available for pick-up from another location.
This product is currently sold out at all locations