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2nd Feb '16 10:44:58 AM gallium
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Compare 1973 film ''Film/{{Dillinger}}''.
6th Dec '15 1:21:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Charles Winstead's knowledge of tropes is what leads them to finally kill Dillinger, with Winstead firing the fatal shot to the back of the head.
21st Nov '15 5:51:49 AM Silverblade2
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* AdaptationalVillainy: This version of Dillinger has several bodies that can be attributed to him: two Racine cops and a Sioux Falls cop. In reality, Dillinger planned his robberies around ''not'' killing people. The only time he ever killed someone was on January 15, 1934 when he shot and killed Officer William O'Malley during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana (it was this murder that Dillinger was awaiting trial for when he broke out of Crown Point), and even then, whether Dillinger was the one who shot O'Malley or not has sometimes been called into question. While in several of Dillinger's bank robberies, people did get shot, the person who shot them was typically Nelson or Van Meter.


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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: This version of Dillinger has several bodies that can be attributed to him: two Racine cops and a Sioux Falls cop. In reality, Dillinger planned his robberies around ''not'' killing people. The only time he ever killed someone was on January 15, 1934 when he shot and killed Officer William O'Malley during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana (it was this murder that Dillinger was awaiting trial for when he broke out of Crown Point), and even then, whether Dillinger was the one who shot O'Malley or not has sometimes been called into question. While in several of Dillinger's bank robberies, people did get shot, the person who shot them was typically Nelson or Van Meter.
16th Sep '15 8:49:54 AM crazyrabbits
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After Dillinger breaks a group of allies out of Indiana's state penitentiary, the recently-established FBI, headed by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup), begins working on a case to take him down for good. Hungry for publicity in order to win over skeptical voices in Congress. Purvis (Bale) is assigned to track down Dillinger. Meanwhile, Dillinger takes time out of his busy schedule to romance a hatcheck girl named Billie Frechette (Creator/MarionCotillard).

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After Dillinger breaks a group of allies out of Indiana's state penitentiary, the recently-established FBI, headed by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup), begins working on a case to take him down for good. Hungry for publicity in order to win over skeptical voices in Congress. Congress, Hoover assigns Purvis (Bale) is assigned to track down Dillinger. Meanwhile, Dillinger takes time out of his busy schedule to romance a hatcheck girl named Billie Frechette (Creator/MarionCotillard).
16th Sep '15 8:46:11 AM crazyrabbits
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1933: Franklin Roosevelt takes the office of President of the United States, the country is mired in the greatest economic calamity in living memory, and millions are out of work. From this atmosphere of anger at TheMan emerges one of the most legendary criminals of all time: bank robber John Dillinger (Creator/JohnnyDepp). Dillinger and his gang of outlaws become [[AntiHero antiheroes]] for much of the disgruntled public.

The film opens with Dillinger and his best friend John "Red" Hamilton breaking a group of allies out of Indiana's state penitentiary. But the recently-established FBI, headed by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup), is on the case, hungry for publicity in order to win over skeptical voices in Congress. Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Creator/ChristianBale) is assigned to track down Dillinger. Dillinger, meanwhile, takes time out of his busy schedule to romance a hatcheck girl named Billie Frechette (Creator/MarionCotillard).

Director Creator/MichaelMann's newest movie returns once again to the crime genre that he so loves (''Film/{{Manhunter}}'', ''Film/{{Heat}}'', ''Film/{{Collateral}}''), though also being, obviously, another of his period pieces (''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', ''Film/{{Ali}}''). The film is based on the novel ''Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 193334'' by Bryan Borrough, which covers all of the major bank robber gangs active from 1933 to 1936 and the FBI's work to stop them, including Dillinger, the Barker-Karpis gang, BonnieAndClyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd.

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1933: ''Public Enemies'' is a 2009 crime drama directed by Creator/MichaelMann and starring Creator/JohnnyDepp as infamous criminal John Dillinger, who robbed numerous banks during TheThirties and was pursued by Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Creator/ChristianBale).

Taking place in 1933, when
Franklin Roosevelt takes the took office of President in the midst of the United States, the country is mired in the greatest economic calamity in living memory, and millions are out of work. From this atmosphere of anger at TheMan emerges one of the most legendary criminals of all time: Great Depression, bank robber John Dillinger (Creator/JohnnyDepp). Dillinger (Depp) and his gang crew of outlaws become emerge as infamous thieves, brazenly stealing money from banks and being considered [[AntiHero antiheroes]] for by much of the disgruntled public.

The film opens with
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Dillinger and his best friend John "Red" Hamilton breaking breaks a group of allies out of Indiana's state penitentiary. But penitentiary, the recently-established FBI, headed by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup), is begins working on the case, hungry a case to take him down for good. Hungry for publicity in order to win over skeptical voices in Congress. Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Creator/ChristianBale) (Bale) is assigned to track down Dillinger. Dillinger, meanwhile, Meanwhile, Dillinger takes time out of his busy schedule to romance a hatcheck girl named Billie Frechette (Creator/MarionCotillard).

Director Creator/MichaelMann's newest movie returns once again to the crime genre that he so loves (''Film/{{Manhunter}}'', ''Film/{{Heat}}'', ''Film/{{Collateral}}''), though also being, obviously, another of his period pieces (''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', ''Film/{{Ali}}''). The film is was based on the novel ''Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 193334'' by Bryan Borrough, which covers all of the major bank robber gangs active from 1933 to 1936 and the FBI's work to stop them, including Dillinger, the Barker-Karpis gang, BonnieAndClyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd.



!!Tropes illustrated by the film include:
* AdaptationalVillainy: The movie Dillinger has several bodies that can be attributed to him: two Racine cops and a Sioux Falls cop. In reality, Dillinger planned his robberies around ''not'' killing people. The only time he ever killed someone was on January 15, 1934 when he shot and killed Officer William O'Malley during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana (it was this murder that Dillinger was awaiting trial for when he broke out of Crown Point), and even then, whether Dillinger was the one who shot O'Malley or not has sometimes been called into question. While in several of Dillinger's bank robberies, people did get shot, the person who shot them was typically Nelson or Van Meter.

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!!Tropes illustrated by the !!This film include:
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The movie This version of Dillinger has several bodies that can be attributed to him: two Racine cops and a Sioux Falls cop. In reality, Dillinger planned his robberies around ''not'' killing people. The only time he ever killed someone was on January 15, 1934 when he shot and killed Officer William O'Malley during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana (it was this murder that Dillinger was awaiting trial for when he broke out of Crown Point), and even then, whether Dillinger was the one who shot O'Malley or not has sometimes been called into question. While in several of Dillinger's bank robberies, people did get shot, the person who shot them was typically Nelson or Van Meter.
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Dillinger himself at the end, obviously.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Almost all of the gang members had girlfriends. Dillinger first has Billie Frechette, and then after Billie's arrest, a waitress named Polly Hamilton.

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Dillinger himself at the end, obviously.]]
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Almost all of the gang members had girlfriends. Dillinger first has Billie Frechette, and then after Billie's her arrest, a waitress named Polly Hamilton.



* ArtisticLicense: Though the film is arguably one of the more accurate adaptations of this period, it still takes some liberties. A lot of stuff below will explain it.
* BadassLongcoat: Most of the characters in the film wear one. Especially Dillinger and his gang during the bank robberies, to conceal their guns.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Dillinger and his gang are criminals; J. Edgar Hoover is, well, J. Edgar Hoover (tough as nails), and some of his men are violently thuggish - especially Harold Reinecke.
* ChewbaccaDefense: Dillinger's lawyer manages to keep him out of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City by saying that Sheriff Lillian Holley is a woman, and therefore afraid that she can't keep him locked up in minimum security, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment because she's a woman]]. "I'm not afraid!" Judge William Murray immediately concludes that means she thinks Dillinger should stay in Crown Point. Court adjourned. Dillinger can now carve the wooden pistol and escape with ease.
** It's worth noting that the exchange between Dillinger's lawyer and Sheriff Lillian Holley is [[TruthInTelevision mostly verbatim of the real court transcript]] (although for comparison some of the dialogue in the transcripts was omitted, like Piquett objecting to the presence of men armed with submachine guns in the court room after petitioning for Dillinger's shackles to be removed). Of course, whether Dillinger really carved the wooden pistol himself or had it smuggled in is unknown. Some say that Louis Piquett or Art O'Leary smuggled it into the prison instead. It could even have been Martin Zarkovich who smuggled the wooden gun in, evidenced by the fact that he visited Dillinger at least once. (On a side note, a few people, like Matt Leach, allege that Zarkovich had been responsible for sheltering Dillinger at times (he was never charged, given he was a participant in Dillinger's death).
* ConvenientSlowDance: "Bye Bye Blackbird" comes just at the right moment. For both John and Billie, the song will remain a cherished memory.

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* ArtisticLicense: Though the film is arguably one of the more accurate adaptations of this period, it still takes some liberties. A lot of stuff below will explain it.
liberties (as noted below).
* BadassLongcoat: Most of the characters in the film wear one. Especially Dillinger and his gang wear them during the bank robberies, to conceal their guns.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Dillinger and his gang are criminals; criminals. J. Edgar Hoover is, well, J. Edgar Hoover (tough as nails), and some of his men are violently thuggish - especially Harold Reinecke.
* ChewbaccaDefense: ChewbaccaDefense:
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Dillinger's lawyer manages to keep him out of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City by saying that Sheriff Lillian Holley is a woman, and therefore afraid that she can't keep him locked up in minimum security, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment because she's a woman]]. "I'm not afraid!" Judge William Murray immediately concludes that means she thinks Dillinger should stay in Crown Point. Court adjourned. Because of this, Dillinger can now is able to carve the wooden pistol and escape with ease.
** It's worth noting that the exchange between Dillinger's lawyer and Sheriff Lillian Holley is [[TruthInTelevision mostly verbatim of the real court transcript]] (although for comparison some of the dialogue in the transcripts was omitted, like Piquett objecting to the presence of men armed with submachine guns in the court room courtroom after petitioning for Dillinger's shackles to be removed). Of course, whether Dillinger really carved the wooden pistol himself or had it smuggled in is unknown. Some say that Louis Piquett or Art O'Leary smuggled it into the prison instead. It could even have been Martin Zarkovich who smuggled the wooden gun in, evidenced by the fact that he visited Dillinger at least once. (On a side note, a few people, like Matt Leach, allege that Zarkovich had been responsible for sheltering Dillinger at times (he was never charged, given he was a participant in Dillinger's death).
* ConvenientSlowDance: "Bye Bye Blackbird" comes just at the right moment. For both John and Billie, the song will remain is a cherished memory.



* EpicFail: Hoover reprimands Purvis over the phone for botching the attempt to capture Nelson, leading to Barton's death.
** See RetiredBadass for more on several real failed attempts to capture Dillinger

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* EpicFail: EpicFail:
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Hoover reprimands Purvis over the phone for botching the attempt to capture Nelson, leading to Barton's death.
** See RetiredBadass for more on several real failed attempts to capture DillingerDillinger.



** Dillinger doesn't want to get into the kidnapping business, as he expresses when Karpis mentions the upcoming kidnapping of Edward Bremer. Two dasys after Dillinger robbed a bank in East Chicago, Karpis actually did pull the job.

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** Dillinger doesn't want to get into the kidnapping business, as which he expresses states when Karpis mentions the upcoming kidnapping of Edward Bremer. Two dasys days after Dillinger robbed a bank in East Chicago, Karpis actually did pull the job.



* FamousLastWords: Dillinger's last whispers are unknown; Mann takes a guess here.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: Dillinger and all his friends die.]]

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* FamousLastWords: The real Dillinger's last whispers are unknown; Mann takes a guess here.
unknown. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:he whispers, "Tell Billie for me, 'Bye, bye, blackbird'." after being shot down by Winstead]].
* ForegoneConclusion: ForegoneConclusion:
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[[spoiler: Dillinger and all his friends die.]]



* GenreBlind: At several times, the Bureau demonstrates this. For instance, in the Sharone Apartment shootout, rather than position their cars to box in the suspected gangsters' car, Baum is keeping watch from some distance away. This is with the expectation that the gangsters they're about to deal with might have Thompson submachine guns and won't be afraid to use them, so the agents want to be out of the line of fire.

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* GenreBlind: At several times, points, the Bureau demonstrates this. For instance, in In the Sharone Apartment shootout, rather than position their cars to box in the suspected gangsters' car, Baum is keeping watch from some distance away. This is with the expectation that the gangsters they're about to deal with might have Thompson submachine guns and won't be afraid to use them, so the agents want to be out of the line of fire.



* GunsAkimbo: Dilliger uses two pistols when holding up banks. One to aim at the manager unlocking the safe, another to control the people in the lobby. Never shoots with them, though. It's in the second bank robbery. In the first robbery, he trains his pistol on the bank manager while holding his Thompson in the other hand.
** Also seen when Dillinger and Red come into Frank Nitti's Outfit. Red is brandishing twin Tommy Guns on lanyards, for god's sake!

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* GunsAkimbo: Dilliger uses Dillinger often wields two pistols when holding up banks. One to aim at the manager unlocking the safe, another to control the people in the lobby. Never shoots with them, though. It's in the second bank robbery. In the first robbery, he trains his pistol on the bank manager while holding his Thompson in the other hand.
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** Also seen when Dillinger and Red come into Frank Nitti's Outfit. outfit. Red is brandishing twin Tommy Guns on lanyards, for god's sake!lanyards!



** Also, the actual [[http://www.upi.com/topic/John_Dillinger/ John Dillinger]] wasn't nearly as comely as JohnnyDepp (generally the case when Johnny Depp portrays a real-life person.)

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** Also, the The actual [[http://www.upi.com/topic/John_Dillinger/ John Dillinger]] wasn't nearly as comely as JohnnyDepp (generally the case when Johnny Depp portrays a real-life person.)



11th Sep '15 12:25:18 PM dmcreif
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* AdaptationalVillainy: The movie Dillinger has several bodies that can be attributed to him: two Racine cops and a Sioux Falls cop. In reality, Dillinger planned his robberies around ''not'' killing people. The only time he ever killed someone was on January 15, 1934 when he shot and killed Officer William O'Malley during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana (it was this murder that Dillinger was awaiting trial for when he broke out of Crown Point), and even then, whether Dillinger was the one who shot O'Malley or not has sometimes been called into question. While in several of Dillinger's bank robberies, people did get shot, the person who shot them was typically Nelson or Van Meter.



* GenreBlind: At several times, the Bureau demonstrates this. For instance, in the Sharone Apartment shootout, rather than position their cars to box in the suspected gangsters' car, Baum is keeping watch from some distance away. Bear in mind, they may have expected the gang members might shoot at them with automatics, so they would have wanted to be out of the line of fire if shooting did happen.

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* GenreBlind: At several times, the Bureau demonstrates this. For instance, in the Sharone Apartment shootout, rather than position their cars to box in the suspected gangsters' car, Baum is keeping watch from some distance away. Bear in mind, they may have expected This is with the gang members expectation that the gangsters they're about to deal with might shoot at them with automatics, so they would have wanted Thompson submachine guns and won't be afraid to use them, so the agents want to be out of the line of fire if shooting did happen.fire.



** A minor point is that Dillinger dies after Pretty Boy Floyd, Homer Van Meter, and Baby Face Nelson in the film, whereas in RealLife he died first: Van Meter was shot to death by police in St. Paul that August. Floyd was gunned down October 22, 1934 in East Liverpool, Ohio, and Nelson died in a shootout on November 27, 1934 in Barrington, Illinois that also led to.
** Floyd, too, was allegedly shot after being disarmed, though this is a more controversial account given by a local police officer. The Feds were actually ''worse'' in reality than they were in the movie (though Purvis himself was perhaps a bit ''better'' here than he was in real life - in this film, Purvis shoots down Nelson, Floyd, and Van Meter - the former two were killed in shootings that happened without Purvis, and Van Meter was killed by St. Paul police). The account that Mann seems to use is the FBI account, which states that Floyd was shot by a sniper from a great distance (although the real shooting happened on an open field, not in an apple orchard). Here, the film gives that role to Purvis. The film also uses the real Purvis's claim that he kicked a pistol out of Floyd's hand.
** Other issues are things like the September 26 mass breakout from Michigan City, which Dillinger was not present in (he was imprisoned in Lima, Ohio at the time). He spent June of 1933 robbing banks so that he could arrange to smuggle the guns into the prison - some accounts state that he tossed the guns over the wall while others say he smuggled them in boxes of thread sent to the prison shirt factory (which is shown in the film, [[{{TruthInTelevision}} and may have even been the actual case, since Dillinger's first attempt at smuggling the guns involved tossing them over the wall, only to be turned over to the warden]]). Dillinger was also relatively unknown before the mass breakout, except to Matt Leach of the Indiana State Police - Dillinger's name first presumably became known to many after he himself was broken out of a jail in Lima.
*** According to Bryan Borrough's book, the escapees took the guards hostage with the guns, then paraded them into the administration building, while fooling the tower guards into thinking that the prisoners were just being escorted by the day captain. Four of them escaped by taking a visiting sheriff hostage in his car, while Pete Pierpont and his group stole a car from a gas station across the street. Only a clerk was injured, shot in the leg. There was none of the mass bloodshed shown in the movie.

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** A minor point is that Dillinger dies after Pretty Boy Floyd, Homer Van Meter, and Baby Face Nelson in the film, whereas in RealLife he died first: before any of those three: Van Meter was shot to death by police in St. Paul that in late August. Floyd was gunned down October 22, 1934 in East Liverpool, Ohio, and Nelson died in a shootout on November 27, 1934 in Barrington, Illinois that also led to.
to the deaths of Samuel P. Cowley and Herman Hollis.
** Floyd, too, was allegedly shot after being disarmed, though this is a more controversial account given by a local police officer. The Feds were actually ''worse'' in reality than they were in the movie (though movie, while Purvis himself was perhaps a bit ''better'' here than he was in real life - in life. In this film, Purvis shoots down Nelson, Floyd, and Van Meter - Meter, when in reality, the former two were killed in shootings that happened without Purvis, Purvis[[note]]In Floyd's case, Purvis was present but wasn't one of those who shot him[[/note]], and Van Meter was killed by St. Paul police). The police.[[note]]The account that Mann seems to use for Floyd's death is the FBI account, which states that Floyd was shot by a sniper from a great distance (although the real shooting happened on an open field, not in an apple orchard). Here, the film gives that role to Purvis. The film also uses the real Purvis's claim that he kicked a pistol out of Floyd's hand.
hand.[[/note]]
** Other issues are things like Dillinger did not personally participate in the September 26 mass breakout of his future accomplices from Michigan City, which Dillinger was not present in (he the Indiana State Penitentiary, as he was imprisoned in Lima, Ohio at the time). He spent June of 1933 robbing banks so that he could arrange to smuggle the guns into the prison - some accounts state that he tossed the guns over the wall while others say he smuggled them in boxes of thread sent to the prison shirt factory (which is shown in the film, [[{{TruthInTelevision}} and may have even been the actual case, since Dillinger's first attempt at smuggling the guns involved tossing them over the wall, only to be turned over to the warden]]). time. Dillinger was also relatively unknown before the mass breakout, except to Matt Leach of the Indiana State Police - Dillinger's name first presumably became known to many after he himself was broken out of a jail in Lima.
*** According to Bryan Borrough's book, the escapees took the guards hostage with the guns, then paraded them into the administration building, while fooling the tower guards into thinking that the prisoners were just being escorted by the day captain. Four of them escaped by taking a visiting sheriff hostage in his car, while Pete Pierpont and his group stole a car from a gas station across the street. Only a clerk was injured, shot in the leg. There was none of the mass bloodshed shown in the movie.
Lima.



** Dillinger shoots down three people in the film (two plainclothes detectives in the Racine robbery, and a police officer in the Sioux Falls robbery), but in truth the only person he is believed to have killed is William O'Malley, a police officer shot and killed on January 15, 1934 when Dillinger and Hamilton held up the First National Bank of East Chicago, Indiana. It was that officer's murder that Dillinger was standing trial for in Indiana.

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** Dillinger shoots down three people *** The real breakout did not have any of the bloodshed shown in the film (two plainclothes detectives in the Racine robbery, and a police officer in the Sioux Falls robbery), but in truth the only person he is believed to have killed is William O'Malley, a police officer shot and killed on January 15, 1934 when Dillinger and Hamilton held up the First National Bank of East Chicago, Indiana. It was that officer's murder that Dillinger was standing trial for in Indiana.movie. There were no fatalities.



** Purvis and his men are pursuing Dillinger in the first half of the film. In reality, the most the FBI did insofar as get involved in the Dillinger manhunt was attend a number of conferences and offer to help in fingerprinting; following the death of Sheriff Sarber, Hoover actually ignored pleas from Indiana governor Paul [=McNutt=] for the FBI's help. So in this time period, responsibility for pursuing the Dillinger gang fell to the Indiana State Police.

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** Purvis and his men are pursuing Dillinger in the first half of the film. In reality, the most the FBI did insofar as get involved in the Dillinger manhunt was attend a number of conferences and offer to help in fingerprinting; following the death of Sheriff Sarber, Lima, Ohio's sheriff during the liberation of Dillinger from that jail, Hoover actually ignored pleas from Indiana governor Paul [=McNutt=] for the FBI's help. So in this time period, responsibility for pursuing the Dillinger gang fell to the Indiana State Police.



** A botched attempt to arrest a criminal happens at the Sherone Apartments building. In the film, the criminal who escapes is Baby Face Nelson with Tommy Carroll. In real life, a bungled FBI attempt to capture Verne Miller, who was wanted for the Kansas City Massacre in June 1933, happened at this apartment building on November 1, 1933.

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** A botched attempt to arrest a criminal happens at the Sherone Apartments building. In the film, the criminal who escapes is Baby Face Nelson with Tommy Carroll. In This never happened with Nelson in real life, life. However, a bungled FBI attempt to capture Verne Miller, who was wanted for as one of the suspected conspirators in the Kansas City Massacre in June 1933, happened at this apartment building on November 1, 1933.



** Dillinger gets shot in the shoulder, which actually happened a week after the Sioux Falls robbery, when the gang robbed the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa. Also taken from the actual Mason City robbery is the gang getting less than they were expecting. When told about the job by Tommy Carroll, Dillinger is told that the bank they'll hit may net them six figures. In the real Sioux Falls robbery, the gang only netted $46,000 (which is how much they count in the film). Them expecting more money than they really got went to the Mason City robbery - they knew there was about $250,000 in that bank's vault, but they netted only about 1/5th of that much as a result of Hamilton being stalled by an intelligent bank manager.
** During the shootout, a bit happens where a boy jumps on Nelson's back and struggles with him for a few moments before Nelson throws him off, shattering a window. Such an incident did happen with Nelson, but it was actually during the gang's robbery of the Merchants National Bank in South Bend, Indiana on June 30, 1934.

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** Dillinger ***Dillinger gets shot in the shoulder, which actually happened a week after the Sioux Falls robbery, when the gang robbed the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa. Also taken from the actual Mason City robbery is the gang getting less than they were expecting. When told about the job by Tommy Carroll, Dillinger is told that the bank they'll hit may net them six figures. In the real Sioux Falls robbery, the gang only netted $46,000 (which is how much they count in the film). Them expecting more money than they really got went to the Mason City robbery - they knew there was about $250,000 in that bank's vault, but they netted only about 1/5th of that much as a result of Hamilton being stalled by an intelligent bank manager.
** During ***During the shootout, a bit happens where a boy jumps on Nelson's back and struggles with him for a few moments before Nelson throws him off, shattering a window. Such an incident did happen with Nelson, but it was actually during the gang's robbery of the Merchants National Bank in South Bend, Indiana on June 30, 1934.



* InstantDeathBullet: It's averted to a T.

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* InstantDeathBullet: It's averted to a T.averted.



** And then we see Frechette being slapped multiple times while being interrogated by Harold Reinecke.
*** Although it is TruthInTelevision that the FBI did use the "third degree" interrogation method on a few prisoners, Billie Frechette PROBABLY was not one of them. However, there were two other prisoners, Dick Galatas (wanted for his role in the Kansas City Massacre conspiracy) and Dock Barker, who allegedly got the third degree.
*** TruthInTelevision: Melvin Purvis's secretary Doris Rogers said that agents who tried physical torture got very little information for the pain they inflicted on prisoners. The senior men got those who attempted this back in line.

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** And then we see Harold Reinecke giving Billie Frechette being slapped multiple times while being interrogated by Harold Reinecke.
the third degree.
*** Although it is TruthInTelevision that the FBI did use may have used the "third degree" interrogation method on a few prisoners, Billie Frechette PROBABLY was not one of them. However, there were two other prisoners, Dick Galatas (wanted for his role in the Kansas City Massacre conspiracy) and Dock Barker, who allegedly got the third degree.
*** TruthInTelevision: Melvin Purvis's secretary Doris Rogers said
degree. The fact that agents who tried physical Billie gives a false address under torture got very little information for is meant to show that torture almost never works because the pain person being subjected to it will say whatever they inflicted on prisoners. The senior men got those who attempted this back in line.think the torturer wants to hear to get them to stop.



* MoralDissonance: The G-Mens' deduction methods include torturing a man dying in a hospital and beating up women. These agents would have been fired for this in the 21st century, and more than likely face hefty police brutality lawsuits.

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* MoralDissonance: The G-Mens' deduction methods include torturing a man dying in a hospital Torture and beating up women. These agents would have been fired for this in the 21st century, and more than likely face hefty police brutality lawsuits.third degree are shown as interrogation tactics used by some of Purvis's agents.



* PsychoForHire: Dillinger is shown having problems working with Baby Face Nelson. This was TruthInTelevision: Dillinger ''hated'' that he had been forced to work with a murderous bastard like Nelson later in his career, and never bothered to try and hide it. He even threatened to kill Nelson himself if he shot at anyone needlessly. This once happened when Nelson wounded a deaf man during their robbery of the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa on March 13, 1934 - ten days after Dillinger escaped from Crown Point. Dillinger called Nelson out on this. This resentment was mutual: Nelson hated the fact that Dillinger got all the attention, and how the press were drooling all over him.



*** The third time was Billie Frechette's capture, where agents walked mere feet from Dillinger as he sat in the car. He ultimately drove away without being seen. It was much like shown in the movie, except that Purvis was also present and actually realized too late that Dillinger had been in the car Billie arrived in.

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*** The third time was Billie Frechette's capture, where agents walked mere feet from Dillinger as he sat in the car. He ultimately drove away without being seen. It was much like shown in the movie, except that Purvis was also present and actually realized too late that Dillinger had been in the car that Billie arrived in.



* RedRightHand: Hamilton lost two fingers on his right hand in a childhood sledding accident. Part of another finger on that hand was shot off in the East Chicago bank robbery. However, CGI was not used in the film, so Creator/JasonClarke has all ten digits on when his character only had seven.

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* RedRightHand: The real Hamilton lost two fingers on his right hand in a childhood sledding accident. Part of another finger on that hand was shot off in the a bank robbery in East Chicago bank robbery.in January 1934. However, CGI was not used in the film, so Creator/JasonClarke has all ten digits on when his character only had seven.



* ShoutOut: Dillinger says to a bank customer, [[Film/{{Heat}} "You can put it away. I'm not here for your money, I'm here for the bank's money."]] But as good a ShoutOut to ''Heat'' as it may be, it should be pointed out that according to Bryan Burrough's book, Dillinger said these words during his January 15, 1934 robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indiana. For whatever reason, some misattribute this line to BonnieAndClyde (as Clyde was quoted as having said a similar line during a late February bank job). In fact, Burroughs and other suspect that Barrow was intentionally modeling himself on Dillinger and attempting to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity clean up his act.]]

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* ShoutOut: Dillinger says to a bank customer, [[Film/{{Heat}} "You can put it away. I'm not here for your money, I'm here for the bank's money."]] But as good a ShoutOut to ''Heat'' as it may be, it should be pointed out that according to Bryan Burrough's book, Dillinger actually said these words during his January 15, 1934 robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indiana. For whatever reason, some misattribute this line to BonnieAndClyde (as Clyde was quoted as having said a similar line during a late February bank job). In fact, Burroughs and other suspect Some thing that Barrow Clyde was intentionally modeling himself on Dillinger and attempting to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity clean up his act.]]



** Van Meter's real life death at the hands of the St. Paul Police Department on August 23, 1934 was a lot uglier than you'd think: he was shot at least 51 times with pistols, and once with a shotgun. Some of his fingers were shot off as well. It was not pretty.

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** Van Meter's real life death at the hands of the St. Paul Police Department on August 23, 1934 was a lot uglier than you'd think: the movie: he was shot at least 51 times with pistols, and once with a shotgun. Some of his fingers were shot off as well. It was not pretty.
5th Sep '15 1:47:01 PM maxwellsilver
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* VehicularSabotage: When Dillinger escapes from Crown Point, he pulls the distributor and spark cables from a car with an open hood. He is then told it is the sherrif's personal vehicle.
4th Aug '15 10:30:36 AM jamespolk
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* FilmNoir: Features ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama'', the Clark Gable movie that Dillinger saw at the Biograph on the night he died.



* ShownTheirWork: Dillinger's death scene, right down to the location and the path of the bullets that kill him, specifically, the fatal bullet - fired by Winstead from close range. It entered Dillinger through the back of his head, severed his spinal cord, tore through his brain, and exited out the front of his forehead above his right eye. They even redressed a few blocks of street to recreate the 1934 atmosphere of the Biograph. A different theater was used to represent the Biograph's interior, however.

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* ShownTheirWork: Dillinger's death scene, right down to the location and the path of the bullets that kill him, specifically, the fatal bullet - fired by Winstead from close range. It entered Dillinger through the back of his head, severed his spinal cord, tore through his brain, and exited out the front of his forehead above his right eye. They even redressed a few blocks of street to recreate the 1934 atmosphere of the Biograph. A different theater was used to represent the Biograph's interior, however. And yes, the movie Johnny Depp is shown watching is actually ''Film/ManhattanMelodrama'', the real film that the real Dillinger watched before he walked out of the theater and was gunned down.
31st Jul '15 10:13:52 PM maxwellsilver
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* ShoutOut: Dillinger says to a bank customer, [[Film/{{Heat}} "You can put it away. I'm not here for your money, I'm here for the bank's money."]] But as good a ShoutOut to ''Heat'' as it may be, it should be pointed out that according to Bryan Burrough's book, Dillinger said these words during his January 15, 1934 robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indiana. For whatever reason, some misattribute this line to BonnieAndClyde (as Clyde was quoted as haivng said a similar line during a late February bank job). In fact, Burroughs and other suspect that Barrow was intentionally modeling himself on Dillinger and attempting to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity clean up his act.]]

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* ShoutOut: Dillinger says to a bank customer, [[Film/{{Heat}} "You can put it away. I'm not here for your money, I'm here for the bank's money."]] But as good a ShoutOut to ''Heat'' as it may be, it should be pointed out that according to Bryan Burrough's book, Dillinger said these words during his January 15, 1934 robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indiana. For whatever reason, some misattribute this line to BonnieAndClyde (as Clyde was quoted as haivng having said a similar line during a late February bank job). In fact, Burroughs and other suspect that Barrow was intentionally modeling himself on Dillinger and attempting to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity clean up his act.]]



*** Likewise, in the Racine bank robbery, Dillinger notises a customer's loose cash and says, "You can put it away. I'm not here for your money; I'm here for the bank's money." He did say this, but newspapers from the period claim that Dillinger said this during his January 15, 1934 robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago.

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*** Likewise, in the Racine bank robbery, Dillinger notises notices a customer's loose cash and says, "You can put it away. I'm not here for your money; I'm here for the bank's money." He did say this, but newspapers from the period claim that Dillinger said this during his January 15, 1934 robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago.



** Also, in the Little Bohemia shootout, the gang members are firing their BARs, Thompson submachine guns, .351 Winchesters, and machine pistols through the windows. They should be permanently deafened by firing those weapons inside that confined space.

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** Also, in the Little Bohemia shootout, the gang members are firing their BARs, [=BARs=], Thompson submachine guns, .351 Winchesters, and machine pistols through the windows. They should be permanently deafened by firing those weapons inside that confined space.
31st Jul '15 9:57:37 PM maxwellsilver
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Purvis finds the "interrogation" of Frechette horrific (though see WouldntHitAGirl below for the hypocrisy of this). He steps in at the insistence of his secretary Doris Rogers.



* PetTheDog: Purvis finds the "interrogation" of Frechette horrific (though see WouldntHitAGirl below for the hypocrisy of this). He steps in at the insistence of his secretary Doris Rogers.



* SteelEarDrums: Played straight in that the bank manager taken hostage in the first bank robbery doesn't even flinch despite a Thompson submachine gun and a BAR assault rifle being fired simultaneously just feet from his head.

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* SteelEarDrums: Played straight in that the bank manager taken hostage in the first bank robbery doesn't even flinch despite a Thompson submachine gun and a BAR assault rifle being fired simultaneously just feet from his head.
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