Willie Sutton robbed banks during the Depression because, he explained, "That's where the money is." Former Indiana farm boy John Dillinger also knew where the money was. And his string of early-1930s heists, murders and daring jailbreaks were so bold and notorious he became Public Enemy #1.
Dillinger, Oscar-nominated for its screenplay, is the bullet-paced story of the man whose crimes captivated and terrified the nation. Lawrence Tierney plays the title role, breaking free of screen anonymity and moving into a 50-year tough-guy career that would include 1947's Born to Kill and 1992's Reservoir Dogs. Perhaps it was a brutal early prison stretch that Dillinger from kid to killer. Perhaps he was a murderous thug to his core. Either way, Dillinger presents his story with film-noir style and lets you decide.
A fine Hollywood production which tells the story of the feared gangster from street hood to the top of the FBI's "Most Wanted List," and, finally,to his violent death in a police ambush. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Screenplay.