Dillinger (1991 film)

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Genre Action
Written by Paul F. Edwards
Directed by Rupert Wainwright
Starring Mark Harmon
Sherilyn Fenn
Will Patton
Bruce Abbott
Theme music composer David McHugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) David L. Wolper
Producer(s) Mark Wolper
Bernard Sofronski (delegate producer)
Art Levinson (associate producer)
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Editor(s) Stanford C. Allen
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) David L. Wolper Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release January 6, 1991 (1991-01-06)

Dillinger is a 1991 television film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Mark Harmon as John Dillinger. It was first broadcast as The ABC Sunday Night Movie for January 6, 1991.


The film is based on the actual events of the pursuit of American bank robber John Dillinger during the 1930s.


Variety gave the film a mixed review, complimenting the direction and this historical look while taking note of factual errors and questioning the somewhat positive portrayal of Dillinger.[1]

The Chicago Tribune praised Mark Harmon's "steamy portrayal", but also took note of factual inaccuracies and particularly disliked the fact that the movie was shot in Milwaukee, standing in for Chicago, even though historical locations such as the Biograph Theater were still available in Chicago.[2]

Entertainment Weekly strongly disliked the film, giving it a "D" grade and criticizing it as "slow and aimless" and Harmon as "the stiffest sexiest-man-alive imaginable."[3]


Actor Role
Mark Harmon John Dillinger
Sherilyn Fenn Billie Frechette
Will Patton Matt Leach
Bruce Abbott Harry Pierpont
Will Patton Melvin Purvis
Patricia Arquette Polly Hamilton
Tom Bower Capt. Leach
Xander Berkeley Copeland
Yvonne Suhor Jacqueline
John Philbin Hamilton
Amy Yasbeck Elaine
David Neidorf Clark
Vince Edwards Hoover
Lawrence Tierney Sheriff Sarber
Joe Guzaldo Sam Cowley


  1. ^ "Dillinger" (review), Variety, January 4, 1991, reprinted in Prouty, ed. (1994). Variety TV REV 1991-92 17. Taylor & Francis. pp. 16–17. ISBN 978-0-8240-3796-3. 
  2. ^ John O`Brien and Ed Baumann, "'Dillinger' Goes Hollywood ... Er, Milwaukee", Chicago Tribune, January 06, 1991.
  3. ^ Ken Tucker, "Dillinger" (review), Entertainment Weekly, December 21, 1990.

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