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I've heard a lot of praise for the Milius film over the years but this is the first thing that made me understand why I need to find and watch it right away. Agreed the Mann film is a letdown. Forget how old Lily Taylor looks - and she's been a longtime crush - she's given nothing to do! This seemed to me almost the anti-"Untouchables," where instead of a fantasy spectacle with crackerjack dialogue everything was to be made matter-of-fact and restrained. It just didn't work for me. When there were crackerjack dialogue scenes like you'd find in other movies, such as when Depp picks up his girlfriend at the coatcheck, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Incidentally, I have heard Depp say in interviews that he grows whispy goatees because he is incapable of a full beard or mustache, so the answer to your question is yeah, that's why he doesn't have a mustache. I have a script he wrote with the same name, but it is all about the Barker gang.
That said, I'm wildly intrigued by Public Enemies even though I readily concede that character development is all but nonexistent, and that it leaves me wanting to know who notorious bank robber John Dillinger was more so than I did before I went into the film. Forget it. Never mind. This is a movie that exists completely in its own moment — not in the past, not in the future. And maybe that says the most important thing there is to say about Dillinger. Very much like Michael Mann's previous film, 's Miami Vice , Public Enemies drops us right into the middle of one of the key moments of American law and disorder I'm not sure that's a bad thing. But it is an intellectual thing, which means it's not the kind of thing that American audiences tend to want from a movie.
Edgar Hoover Billy Crudup. Directed by Michael Mann. A man and a woman meet, say hello, and kiss briefly. We see two women in a brothel; no customers are present and no signs of prostitution are evident. Three men enter a bank, pull handguns, punch two guards, one gunman forces a man to open the vault, another robber stands on a counter, laughs, shoots a Tommy gun into the ceiling, then yells at everyone to get down on the floor which they do , and the gunmen lead three hostages outside, release them as they get in their cars, and drive away amid gunfire we see bullet holes in store windows and doors, and car bodies.