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Dillinger [DVD]

Warren Oates , Ben Johnson , John Milius    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Richard Dreyfuss, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033T50MS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,687 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Warren Oates stars as John Dillinger in this account of the latter half of the notorious gangster's career up to his death in a police ambush outside the Biograph Theatre. Contains some of the most violent gunfights put on film.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Doubtless inspired by the success of then-recent `period' gangster films such as Bonnie and Clyde and The Godfather, American International Pictures' 1973 film Dillinger is a somewhat derivative, rough-around-the-edges biopic of the famous Depression-era outlaw; however, it is also one of the most overlooked and underrated movies of the early 1970s. John Milius' film stars Warren Oates and Ben Johnson, who had previously appeared together as the Gorch brothers in Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece The Wild Bunch, as John Dillinger and his nemesis, FBI agent Melvin Purvis. With a strong supporting cast featuring Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, Cloris Leachman, and Richard Dreyfuss (as Baby Face Nelson), this vibrant, energetic movie is ripe for re-discovery.
Despite its 1930s' setting, Milius' film resembles less Bonnie and Clyde, and more a film that also appeared in 1973, Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; both movies share a theme of duality between the outlaw and the pursuing lawman, with the hunter obsessively tracking his quarry whilst envying his individuality and ill-gotten celebrity. Weapons enthusiast Milius stages his movie's many shootouts with remarkable intensity and realism, whilst the film's quieter sections are underlined with some wicked black comedy, and scenes of real emotional tug (especially memorable is the death of Pretty Boy Floyd, played by the little-known Steve Kanaly).
The film is not perfect. As a history lesson it is somewhat unreliable, and both lead actors, though excellent, are a little too old for the characters of Purvis and Dillinger, who were, respectively, thirty and thirty-one at the time Dillinger was killed (this is especially true of Johnson, who was in his mid-fifties when the film was made, and looks it).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I rob banks for a livin'. What do you do?" 14 April 2007
First time director John Milius exploded into the movie business with this classic gangster movie. Following the success of BONNIE& CLYDE Hollywood had a brief romance with depression era crime sagas, and this is one of the best. Warren Oates is perfectly cast as the famous bandit, He actually looks like Dillinger. With Ben Johnson as his nemisis G man Melvin Purvis. The Film has pace romance and brilliant action sequences. This is defientally worth buying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected 1970s masterpiece 10 Nov 2010
As Clive James once remarked about a good BBC TV documentary "Sometimes you get an awful lot for your money". This low-budget gangster movie delivers a terse, well-written account of the short and eventful life of the FBI's first Public Enemy No 1, serving up in quasi-documentary style a mix of cranked-up gangster violence and sentimental Mid-West Depression nostalgia. There are two splendid performances from Warren Oates and Ben Johnson, ably supported by actors on the brink of substantial careers ... Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfus, Cloris Leachman, Geoffrey Lewis. Songs of the period such as "We're in the Money" are cleverly used as a sardonic counter-point to the machine-gun bursts and hectic car chases. Does director John Milius intend us to find in his film an old-fashioned moral? Despite Dillinger's claims to be "the best bank robber there is", their hauls seem modest and their quality of life likewise. Buy it anyway, and enjoy the movie of which Public Enemies is, alas, just a pale imitation. Favourite moment ... Dillinger taking a glass away from girl-friend Billie Frechette, snapping "You're an Indian. Indians shouldn't drink". Billie (grabbing her glass back) " I'm half-Indian and half-French. The French half drinks".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stunning film, RUINED by DVD transfer 19 Sep 2013
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Dillinger is a fantastic film, puts Johnny Depps' Public Enemies to shame. I was excited when this came up for release, but this superb film is ruined with the copy of film to DVD. My copy has the audio slightly out of synch with the film itself. Looks like Im watching a dubbed version, its horrible and takes the pleasure from this 5* film.
I have contacted the distributor for an explanation............and heard nothing at all.
NOT a fault with Amazon, and I'd happily purchase again IF assurances were made the DVD is as it should be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't make em like this anymore 2 July 2013
The late 60s through to the late 70s produced some wonderful movies. Dillinger was certainly one of them. Warren Oates is magnificent as John Dillinger. I bet the real gangster didn't have as cool a swagger as delivered by Warren Oates.
A must-see movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DILLINGER 17 May 2013
This is a brilliantly staged, action-packed account of John Dillinger's incredible story by John Milius with Warren Oates giving a career defining performance as Public Enemy Number One. Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES has much to recommend it but, for me, Johnny Depp was fundamentally miscast in the central role. Warren Oates was born to play Dillinger - he's the spit of the man and has the right combination of ruthlessness, confidence and ingenuity that were his signature. Ben Johnson is captivating as Melvin Purvis, the G-Man despatched to bring him to justice (a government gangster ritualistically despatching hoods with twin pistols and a commemorative Monte Cristo); the period is nicely evoked throughout (from the vintage cars to the interstitial archive mash-ups of old movies and real newsreel); there are some excellent cameos (including Richard Dreyfuss as Baby Face Nelson)and the whole thing rips like a bullet towards its inevitable denouement with not a scene to spare. Great stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Depp.
It's a good film, saw it years ago. Had just watched the Johnny Depp version, but much preferred the Warren Oates film, to me it was more realistic.
Published 9 days ago by Gordon L.
5.0 out of 5 stars gangsters
a new interest for me this era.i found the film very entertaining although at times it seemed dated never the less i would highly recommend it
Published 10 months ago by bobcosby
5.0 out of 5 stars quality
classic film,legendary cast and wardrobe to match.sums up an entire era and reflects the actual events of the dillinger gang
Published 12 months ago by neil hargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a must
dillinger is one of my favorate movie of all times this to me is better than godfather dillinger the movie 10 out of 10 still the best film of its kind banging
Published 18 months ago by good
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film from Hollywood's last golden age
Dillinger was one of the better films based the life and crime of John Dillinger and even though there are a few libities taken with historic fact, it makes up for those gripes... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by stripyking
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Purchased for someone else, so not watched the film but he is very happy with it. Good quality, no problems
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars THE gangster movie
to my mind the critic`s and other reviewers have got it wrong,The Godfather films are rubbish,compared to this little beauty,top of the range action all the way,fast story,good... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by Mrgvase
4.0 out of 5 stars Dillinger re-release disc
Good re-issue of the gangster classic, Dillinger, to dvd. Good film, Warren Oates and others play Dillinger and his gang of depression-era bank-robbing yeggs. Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by Mr. Samuel Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars dillinger
A great movie with oates and johnson at their peak,oates is the best screen dillinger[including johnny depp] .A real must see of the gangster movie genre.
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by nood the dude
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