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".