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We've all grown up hearing their names: Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger. But the faces we associated with those names rarely belonged to them but to the likes of Jimmy Cagney, George Raft and Humphrey Bogart. Now there's a new name to add to that list: Johnny Depp!

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Original gangstas -- Public Enemies, Johnny Depp - We've all grown up hearing their names: Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger. But the faces we associated with those names rarely belonged to them but to the likes of Jimmy Cagney, George Raft and Humphrey Bogart. Now there's a new name to add to that list: Johnny Depp!

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Flash back to 1934: America was in the deep throes of The Great Depression. But while the rank and file waited in line for a bowl of gruel, gangsters ruled the streets and no one ruled the banking system quite like John Dillinger. Using a dash of charm and a warped sense of compassion for the little guy, while showing ruthless disdain for authority, he quickly rose to through the ranks to be the Feds Public Enemy No. 1.

"Public Enemies" shows a couple of scenes where we see the demise of Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson but the movie is really all about the last year in Dillinger's unprecedented life of crime. His skill at breaking in and out of prisons, robbing banks in record time and holding press conferences where he entertained the troops made for an extremely colorful character in the annals of American criminals. And Johnny Depp once again is more than up for the challenge of bringing a unique person to life.

But while Dillinger knocked one bank off after another, the Feds' Number One G-man was knocking off one gangster after another. As Melvin Purvis, Christian Bale brings a quiet intensity to the man who finally brings Dillinger down-or at least heads the operation that does so.

In real life it was a true battle of the wits between the two men and it is a real treat to watch two of the best actors on the screen today take on this sparing match. It is a true testament to Director Michael Mann that he has created a film-a long film at 2 hours and 20 minutes-that sustains suspense and excitement for an ending that has been known for 75 years!

Beautifully shot, "Public Enemies" is great period movie with flawless art direction. It boasts a big cast which includes Oscar Winning Actress Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup and Giovanni Ribisi just to name a few. And while you expect to see the shenanigans that made Dillinger famous, it is really fun to see the beginnings of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI and its roots of suspect profiling, wire tapping and other surveillance techniques that are their hallmarks of investigation today.

If I could find any fault in this movie it would be the total lack of emotional connection with the characters. But oddly enough, that didn't bother me or diffuse my enjoyment of a truly great movie. Grad your Tommy Gun and jump on the running board for this wild ride!

LADIES ROOM LOWDOWN: My male companion enjoyed this movie immensely, too. As an interesting side note, the movie John Dillinger went to see the night he got nabbed was a gangster movie called "Manhattan Melodrama" with my fave all time heart throb Clark Gable. Can't tell you how thrilled I was that Michael Mann gave Mr. Gable full screen face time! But big of a fan as I am, I remained perplexed as to why he devoted so MUCH screen time to the 1934 movie.

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