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Public Enemies
Directed by Michael Mann
Produced by Michael Mann
Kevin Misher
Written by Screenplay:
Ronan Bennett
Ann Biderman
Michael Mann
Bryan Burrough
Starring Johnny Depp
Christian Bale
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Country United States
Language English

Public Enemies is a 2009 film adaptation of Bryan Burrough's book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43 directed by Michael Mann. The crime drama is set during The Great Depression with the focus on the FBI agent Melvin Purvis' attempt to stop criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. Johnny Depp will play Dillinger and Christian Bale is in negotiations to play Purvis. Principal photography will begin in Chicago on March 10, 2008 and continue in Illinois and Wisconsin until the end of June.[1]



Public Enemies is based on Brian Burrough's non-fiction book, Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34. It will star Johnny Depp[6] and Mann has written the screenplay with Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman and will also direct.[3] The actor will play John Dillinger in the film. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally attached to the project, but he is scheduled to appear in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.[7]

The decision to shoot parts of the film in Wisconsin came about because of the number of high quality historic buildings. Mann scouted locations in Baraboo and Columbus as well as looking at 1930s-era cars from collectors in the Madison area.[8]


  1. ^ Pitsch, Mark (January 28, 2008). "Collectors hope classic cars will get movie role". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (January 11, 2008). "It's Bale as manhunter in Enemies". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Fleming, Michael (January 27, 2008). "Michael Mann rounds up 'Enemies'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Carroll, Larry (January 29, 2008). "Ortiz Cast In ‘'Public Enemies, Revs Up For Fast And The Furious 4". MTV Movies Blog. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ a b Kit, Borys (February 22, 2008). "Wenham, Graham join Public Enemies". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-02-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Garrett, Diane (December 5, 2007). "Johnny Depp goes Public". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-04.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Mayberry, Carly (December 4, 2007). "Depp casing Mann's Public heist". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2007-12-04.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ Bauer, Scott (February 26, 2008). "It's official: Johnny Depp is coming to Wisconsin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-27.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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