Dillinger (1973) - Action, Biography, Crime

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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 9 out of 58 found boring (15.51%)

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While Warren Oates is stunning in his physical resemblance to the eponymous anti-hero, which is of course a genetic accident, he also charges the piece with incredible oomph and blistering force.

So there have been many movies based on real lives and true stories which have taken poetic license, but why do so to such an extent when the real lives and true stories are head over heels more intriguing and surprising?

DILLINGER may, in the end, be too narrow in scope to fully do justice to as fascinating a figure as its eponymous anti-hero.

Dillinger Has Some Action-Packed Scenes That Were intense.

" In any event, this is still THE Dillinger story, and and an entertaining action film as well.

Exciting, yes, and complete garbage.

Definitely worth watching.

The 1973 film version of the (criminal) life of notorious bank robber John Dillinger, not really a remake of the 1945 film of the same title but a re-imagining of its eponymous character's career in crime, is hugely entertaining, featuring a star turn performance from Warren Oates that shows that the actor had major star potential, hampered, sadly, by his short stature, which doesn't really figure in the film as its director, John Milius, manages somehow to make Oates look taller than he was.

While not a masterpiece, "Dillinger" is an accurate and entertaining retelling of the rat-a-tat-tat era.

Nevertheless, the action and the experienced actors make this a compelling movie.

Oh, it's as exciting as it is mindless.

The editing appears again to be an attempt to duplicate the previous classics but is occasionally disjointed and cause more problems for me technically.

") If you had to choose only one I would pick "Dillinger" as the most believable and intense, and "Bonnie and Clyde" for the acting, although stilted action (Warren Beatty plays an awesome Clyde Barrow.

It's all very confusing and feels, like much else in this film, like a attempt to "top" the earlier "Bonnie and Clyde" (dismissed in the film as "amateurs").

If you want historical accuracy, read a book, or more "exciting" primary documents, if you want a sense of the violent atmosphere of the "public enemy era" in a short time (while eating popcorn even) watch a movie like "Dillinger.

Entertaining yarn that is way too long.

There's nothing exceptional about the cinematography or music, or production design; what we're left with are memorable performances by some of the greatest character actors in cinema at the time, and an exciting story with enough savvy to trigger our emotions.

After a pretty slow start, DILLINGER erupts into a fast moving bloodbath.

The film has a fantastic supporting cast with an equally great Ben "I'm going to smoke one of these cigars over each one of these crooks dead bodies" Johnson as G-Man Melvin Purvis in what has to be his best performance that I've seen (he practically steals the picture) and also MNIN's Geoffrey Lewis as Harry Pierpont, Harry Dean Stanton as Homer Van Meter, Richard Dryfuss as Baby Face Nelson, Steve Kanaly as Pretty Boy Floyd, Frank McRea as Reed Youngblood, Michelle Phillips as Billie Frechette, and Cloris Leachman as the "Lady in Red" The film is entertaining through out, as good or even better than Bonnie & Clyde.

By and large, the changes are minor and can easily be dismissed as a way to make the story simpler and more exciting.

Well paced with a couple of slower interludes, that towards the end are kind of framed together.

Surprisingly Fun and Entertaining Gangster Film .

The shooting sequences in Bonnie & Clyde seem too choreographed and slightly pretentious in comparison.

) "Bonnie and Clyde" is more of a love story then the an "action packed" gang story of "Dillinger," hence the more contrived action scenes of the former.

Oates and the support cast turn a fine performance in this enjoyable account of the criminal life.

Stale dialogue, underdeveloped and flat characters and a disjointed storyline are only part of the problems with this gangster classic wannabe.

Milius direction style is a combination of Penn and Peckinpah with his fast moving exciting bloody gun battles.

Well worth watching, at least once.

It's a series of vignettes that become repetitive and tiresome.

They are all pretty bland characters who have one role, either to pursue and eliminate evil, or escape from the law and rob banks.

If you would like to know more check it out hereSee the Dillinger version with Lawrence Tierney if you want, but don't waste your time with this inaccurate piece of garbage movie.

It is still very enjoyable if you take it for what it is.

It's as exciting as I remember, actually better then I remember.

An exciting action movie .

My instincts tell me that most of this story was probably fictitious, and without the time or inclination to check out the details, I'll just say that it was an entertaining flick if you go for this kind of stuff.

The outdoor scenes, especially, with those dirt roads and cheap frame rural houses, convey a dreary, lonesome, forlorn mood, totally in keeping with the poverty and hopelessness of that period.

Personable, with a twinkle in his eye, his exploits made thrilling reading to ordinary, law abiding citizens mired in the Depression.

Not a great gangster film, but entertaining enough to warrant a viewing, especially by fans of the genre.

If the rest of the movie was as clever and gripping at its first 90 seconds, "Dillinger" would be remembered today as a first-rate crime movie, instead of a chaotic pit stop by one of the wildest and most singular characters of the auteur era, John Milius.

His John Dillinger is humorous, menacing, philosophical, and always fascinating to watch.

Milius deftly directs like a young Sam Peckinpah, giving depth and subtle nuance to the main characters including a riveting performance by Warren Oates, who is doggedly pursued by Ben Johnsons' main G-Man, Melvin Purvis.

I go in, take the money, and kill everyone in sight" was such an example of light "humor" in an otherwise violent and intense movie.

Exciting Trash.