Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Public Enemies

Can't wait to catch "Public Enemies" with Johnny Depp as legendary bank-robber John Dillinger who robbed 12 banks in two years and Christian Bale as his nemesis, FBI agent Melvin Purvis with Michael Mann as the director (he who gave us HEAT, bringing together on screen for the first time, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino). This is HEAT with tommyguns in 1930s Chicago. Hope Hot Toys get the rights to make 1/6 scale 12-inch figures from this movie - Depp as the debonair heartbreaker with slicked-back hair, looking nothing like his other character, Captain Jack Sparrow. Not enough figures are made from this era.

We all remember Robert De Niro as Al Capone in "The Untouchables (1987)", a crime drama film based on Eliot Ness's autobiographical account of his efforts to bring gangster Al Capone to justice during the Prohibition era. It was directed by Brian De Palma with Kevin Costner as Ness, Sean Connery as Irish-American beat cop Jim Malone and Andy García as rookie George Stone.

Released in 2000 by Twilight Magic Works, Yamato Co., Ltd in Japan was this pair of 1930s style gangsters with their pin-striped suits and tommyguns. Supposedly based on "The Saint Valentine's Day massacre" - the name given for the execution of seven people as part of a Prohibition Era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago, Illinois, in the winter of 1929: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran.

More on Chicago ganster John (link here) and Louie from the Napoli gang (link here)

Check out this link for other men in suits

UPDATE March 27, 2010
: Heroic 1/6 scale Bank Robber REVIEW (Johnny Depp as John Dillinger)

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