"Public Enemies" opens in theatres here tomorrow, July 23, 2009 starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, the bank robber whose exploits dominated the press during what is sometimes referred to as the public enemy era, between 1931 and 1934. Going by reviews so far, this promises to be a good movie. And why shouldn't it be? It stars one of my all-time favourite actors.
Man, I would love to get my hands on a 1/6 scale Johnny Depp John Dillinger to stand next to my other Prohibition era figures (post HERE)
UPDATE March 27, 2010: Good things come to those who wait :) Heroic 1/6 scale Bank Robber REVIEW - Johnny Depp as John Dillinger figure
Then I remembered Tom Hanks (another one of my favourite actors) acted in the film "Road to Perdition (2002)" as Michael Sullivan, Sr, a mob enforcer for John Rooney, an Irish American organized crime boss in Illinois, also set during the Great Depression and the Al Capone mob-rule era
Let's not forget "The Untouchables (1987)" which was based on Eliot Ness's autobiographical account of his efforts to bring Italian-American gangster Al Capone to justice during the Prohibition era. It was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Kevin Costner as Ness, Sean Connery as Irish-American beat cop Jim Malone, and Robert De Niro as Capone. Connery received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. I watched the movie for Sir Sean Connery (yet another favourite actor)
And then there's "Dick Tracy (1990)" a pulp action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed and starred in the film, which featured supporting roles from Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headly and Charlie Korsmo.