No other filmmaker has explored the psyches of people caught in extreme circumstances with the dominating consistency and cinematic power of MICHAEL MANN. For three decades, Michael Mann has remained one of cinema's most compelling filmmakers, and his level of artistry has created an indelible influence on the medium. From Thief, Manhunter, Ali and Heat to The Last of the Mohicans and The Insider, as well as Collateral and Miami Vice, his lasting dramas have brought to the screen a series of tough, iconic figures embodied by the most commanding actors of our time.
Now, in his most ambitious and timely project to date, the seminal gangster saga Public Enemies, Michael Mann directs one of our most gifted contemporary actors (JOHNNY DEPP of Pirates of the Caribbean series, Sweeney Todd) in the story of the fast and dangerous life of John Dillinger.
In the film, Michael Mann teams with Johnny Depp to examine the man whose criminal exploits captivated a nation besieged by financial hardship and ready to celebrate a mythic figure who robbed the banks that had impoverished them and outsmarted the authorities who had failed to remedy their hard times, who inspired the first nationwide war on crime, who led a band of accomplished armed robbers on a cascade of dazzling heists and improbable breakouts, and whose dashing manner and charisma entranced not only a special woman but an entire country: legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger.
For the epic action-thriller, Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, CHRISTIAN BALE (The Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation) and Academy Award® winner MARION COTILLARD (La Vie en Rose, A Good Year) in the story of Dillinger, whose well-choreographed bank robberies made him the number-one target of J. Edgar Hoover's (BILLY CRUDUP of Watchmen, The Good Shepherd) fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale).
No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone-from his girlfriend Billie Frechette (Cotillard) to Americans who were looking for a symbol to divert them from their everyday hardships. They found it in the man who took from the banks the monies they felt the banks had wrongly taken from them.
But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang-later including the sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (STEPHEN GRAHAM of Gangs of New York, Snatch) and robber/kidnapper Alvin Karpis (GIOVANNI RIBISI of Cold Mountain, Lost in Translation)-thrilled many, Hoover planned to exploit the outlaw's capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Purvis, the dashing "Clark Gable of the FBI," to snare him.
However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis' men in wild chases and shootouts. Only after importing a crew of lawmen from the Dallas bureau and orchestrating epic betrayals-from the infamous "Lady in Red" (BRANKA KATIC of Big Love, The Englishman) to Chicago crime boss Frank Nitti (BILL CAMP of Reservation Road, Deception)-were Purvis, the FBI and their new crew of gunfighters able to close in on their prey.
Drawn back to the very city where his obsession with both Frechette and bank robbing began, Dillinger, for once and for all, ended this pursuit by Purvis. And when all was said and done, the entire country learned that with the death of one of its heroes came the birth of a legend.
Completing the principal cast are a talented group of seasoned actors and up-and-coming performers, including JASON CLARKE (Death Race, Rabbit-Proof Fence) as Dillinger ally John "Red" Hamilton; RORY COCHRANE (Hart's War, A Scanner Darkly) as Purvis' good friend and fellow agent Carter Baum; STEPHEN DORFF (World Trade Center, Cold Creek Manor) as Dillinger gang member and unemotional killer Homer Van Meter; STEPHEN LANG (Gods and Generals, Fire Down Below) as Special Agent Charles Winstead; JOHN ORTIZ (Fast & Furious, Miami Vice) as high-level crime lord Phil D'Andrea; and DAVID WENHAM (300, The Lord of the Rings franchise) as the authority-hating Dillinger gang member Harry "Pete" Pierpont.
Produced by KEVIN MISHER (The Interpreter, The Rundown) and Michael Mann, the film was written by RONAN BENNETT (Lucky Break, Face) and Michael Mann & ANN BIDERMAN (Primal Fear, Copycat). It is adapted from the book "Public Enemies" by BRYAN BURROUGH.
Joining Michael Mann behind the camera is a crew of longtime and new collaborators, including two-time Academy Award®-nominated director of photography DANTE SPINOTTI (Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider), production designer NATHAN CROWLEY (The Dark Knight, The Prestige), two-time Oscar®-winning costume designer COLLEEN ATWOOD (Manhunter, Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago), editors PAUL RUBELL (Collateral, The Insider) and JEFFREY FORD (Breach, Street Kings) and Oscar®- winning composer ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL (Heat, Frida). The executive producer for the film is G. MAC BROWN (The Departed, You've Got Mail).
Planning the Cast
When deciding upon the actor who would portray the principal outlaw, Michael Mann turned to a performer known for immersing himself in his roles. He found the complex character he needed for his interpretation of John Dillinger in Johnny Depp.
"Deep in the core of Johnny there's a toughness," commends Michael Mann. "When we started talking about it, he said that he had been interested in Dillinger for a long time and that Dillinger reminded him of some people from his past. He had Dillinger in him; that's something I sensed. Everybody has these dark currents inside of us, but to be able to reach down in a movie and plumb those depths and bring that up…that's courageous."
Johnny Depp explains his long interest in the gangster: "Funny enough, when I was a little kid, there was a long period where I was fascinated with John Dillinger. No particular explanation why, I just was; he struck my fancy somehow. But looking back on that initial interest in Dillinger and the fact that it's carried through for the majority of my life, it was his character. It was who he was as a man…back at a time when men were really men. He was, for good or ill, exactly who he was, without any compromise whatsoever."
About the Cast
JOHNNY DEPP (John Dillinger) most recently received his third Academy Award® nomination for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and won a Golden Globe Award for the role.
As Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp reprised the role for a third time in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned more than $1 billion, making it the third largest-grossing movie of all time. He received his first Academy Award® nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Johnny Depp has earned both critical and popular acclaim for his unique work in a variety of memorable feature films. In 2005, he collaborated with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Film in 2006. In 2004, Johnny Depp starred opposite John Malkovich and Samantha Morton in Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine, as 17th-century womanizing poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester.
Johnny Depp received his second Academy Award® nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and BAFTA nomination for his role as J.M. Barrie in Marc Forster's Finding Neverland, in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore.
Johnny Depp's other screen credits include David Koepp's Secret Window, Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Albert and Allen Hughes' From Hell, Ted Demme's Blow, Lasse Hallström's romantic comedy Chocolat, Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Hailed as the best actor of his generation for his performance in Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino, Johnny Depp has also starred in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man and in Jeremy Leven's Don Juan DeMarco, in which he starred as a man convinced he is the world's greatest lover, opposite actors Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway.
It was his compelling performance in the title role of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands that established Johnny Depp as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents and earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor. He was honored with another Golden Globe Award nomination for his work in the offbeat love story Benny & Joon, directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Johnny Depp reunited with Burton for the critically acclaimed Ed Wood and his performance garnered him yet another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor.
Other films include Lasse Hallström's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream and John Badham's Nick of Time.
Johnny Depp began his career as a musician, joining a rock group named Kids, which eventually took him to Los Angeles. When the band broke up, he turned to acting and earned his first major acting job in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He went on to earn roles in several films including Oliver Stone's Academy Award®-winning Platoon. Johnny Depp then won the role that would prove to be his breakthrough, as undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular FOX television show 21 Jump Street. He starred on the series for four seasons before segueing to the big screen in the lead role of John Waters' Cry-Baby.
Johnny Depp starred and made his feature directorial debut opposite Marlon Brando in The Brave, a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. Johnny Depp co-wrote the screenplay with his brother D.P. Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp will next be seen in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, as The Mad Hatter in Burton's Alice in Wonderland and in The Rum Diary, based on Hunter S. Thompson's first novel, for director Bruce Robinson. He also lends his voice to Gore Verbinski's Rango.
Born in Wales, CHRISTIAN BALE (Melvin Purvis)
grew up in England and the United States. He made his film debut in Steven Spielberg's World War II epic Empire of the Sun.
Christian Bale's work to date includes Henry V, The Portrait of a Lady, The Secret Agent, Metroland, Velvet Goldmine, All the Little Animals, American Psycho, Shaft, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Reign of Fire, Laurel Canyon, The Machinist, Batman Begins, The New World, The Prestige, Harsh Times, Rescue Dawn, 3:10 to Yuma, The Dark Knight and Terminator Salvation.
Next up, Christian Bale will star in The Fighter, with Mark Wahlberg.
Academy Award® winner MARION COTILLARD (Billie Frechette)
is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role.
In November 2009, Cotillard will co-star in Rob Marshall's Nine. Originally created for the stage, the Tony Award-winning Nine is a musical adaptation of Federico Fellini's 8 ½. Cotillard portrays wife Luisa to Daniel Day-Lewis' Guido, a film director who must find harmony in his relationships with the many women in his life, including his wife, mistress, muse, agent and mother. Additional cast for the film includes Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Dame Judi Dench and Sophia Loren.
Cotillard recently completed production on Karim Dridi's The Last Voyage of Lancaster, based on the epistolary novel "The Last Flight of the Lancaster" and set in the 1930s. In the film, she portrays a woman who goes on a journey to find her husband after his plane disappears in the Sahara. The Last Voyage of Lancaster is produced by French production company Gaumont.
She will soon begin production on Christopher Nolan's Inception, a contemporary sci-fi action-thriller set within the architecture of the mind. Cotillard will play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, co-starring as his wife, with a cast that includes Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Warner Bros. is set to release the film on July 16, 2010.
Recently, Cotillard became the second French actress to win an Oscar®, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language. The praise came for her riveting portrayal of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose. Of her performance, The New York Times film critic Stephen Holden wrote, "Cotillard gives the most astonishing immersion of one performer into the body and soul of another I've ever encountered in film." For her role, Cotillard also received a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress, a Golden Globe and a César Award, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
In 2005, Cotillard received a César Award for her supporting performance in A Very Long Engagement, in which she starred opposite Audrey Tautou. Cotillard's additional credits include the successful French Taxi film series; Ridley Scott's A Good Year, in which she starred opposite Russell Crowe; Tim Burton's Big Fish, in which she starred opposite Ewan McGregor; Love Me If You Dare, in which she starred opposite Guillaume Canet; and the French film Innocence.
Born and raised in Paris, Cotillard studied drama at Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique in Orléans.
,b>BILLY CRUDUP (J. Edgar Hoover) was most recently seen playing Dr. Manhattan in the smash-hit adaptation of the graphic novel "Watchmen," for director Zack Snyder.
Crudup was seen in the third installment of Mission: Impossible, for director J.J. Abrams, and Trust the Man, with Julianne Moore. He starred in Columbia Pictures' comic-fantasy Big Fish, for director Tim Burton. He also starred in Charlotte Gray, opposite Cate Blanchett, and World Traveler, with Julianne Moore. Prior to that, Crudup starred in the critically acclaimed Jesus' Son, opposite Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Denis Leary, which earned him a Best Actor Award from the Paris Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He was also seen in Cameron Crowe's Academy Award®-winning Almost Famous, with Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson, and in the acclaimed Waking the Dead, with Jennifer Connelly. He also starred in Dedication, opposite Mandy Moore, and in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
He made his motion picture debut in Barry Levinson's Sleepers, opposite Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt and Jason Patric. He was featured in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and starred in Pat O'Connor's Inventing the Abbotts. Crudup played the leading role in the critically acclaimed Without Limits, the story of legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. He also starred in The Hi-Lo Country, with Woody Harrelson. For the role, he won the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance.
Equally successful on the stage and screen, Crudup won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway production of The Coast of Utopia, which opened in October 2006. In 2005, he was seen in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Play. Crudup also starred in The Elephant Man at the Royale Theatre, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. He made his Broadway debut as Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn, for which he won several awards, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut of an Actor and a Theatre World Award. He was also honored with the Clarence Derwent Award from the Actors' Equity Association for Outstanding Broadway Debut.
Crudup has appeared on Broadway in William Inge's Bus Stop and in the Roundabout Theatre's production of Three Sisters, which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Crudup also appeared in Oedipus, with Frances McDormand, starred in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Measure for Measure at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and starred in the off-Broadway run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, opposite Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi.
Crudup received his master of fine arts from New York University and also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in New York City.STEPHEN DORFF (Homer Van Meter)
is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, having worked with some of the most prominent directors in the business.
Dorff is currently shooting the Focus Features drama Somewhere, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Set at the historic Chateau Marmont, the film centers on a bad-boy actor (Dorff) who is forced to examine his life when his 11-year-old daughter pays him an unexpected visit. He is also shooting the Sony Pictures comedy Born to Be a Star, starring as Dick Shadow, a legendary porn star, opposite Christina Ricci. Produced by Adam Sandler, the story is about a boy who finds out his parents were porn stars.
Dorff can also be seen in the upcoming independent feature Black Water Transit for director Tony Kaye. Based on the novel, the film follows the divergent agendas of criminals, cops and lawyers as they collide over a shipment of illegal firearms and a double homicide.
Dorff recently starred in the feature film Felon, which he produced. Other credits include Oliver Stone's World Trade Center; Lee Daniels' Shadowboxer; the Disney thriller Cold Creek Manor, directed by Mike Figgis; Scott Kalvert's street-gang drama Deuces Wild; and the John Waters comedy Cecil B. DeMented. Dorff won an MTV Movie Award for his role as the villain in Blade.
His additional credits include Entropy and Blood and Wine, with Jack Nicholson, and he starred opposite Harvey Keitel in City of Industry. Dorff starred as the fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, in Iain Softley's Backbeat and as the notorious Candy Darling in I Shot Andy Warhol.
Chosen from more than 2,000 young men from around the world, Dorff auditioned and won the coveted role of P.K. Newborn in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One in 1992. For his performance, he was awarded the ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow Award from the National Association of Theatre Owners.
STEPHEN LANG (Charles Winstead), a veteran actor of great distinction, is equally at home on stage and screen. His many Broadway appearances include an acclaimed performance as the original Col. Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men; Death of a Salesman, with Dustin Hoffman; The Speed of Darkness; John Patrick Shanley's Defiance; and the title role in Hamlet at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Lang's multiple nominations and awards include the Lucille Lortel Award, the Jeff Award, the Helen Hayes Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Tony Award. His solo play, Beyond Glory, has had sold-out engagements in Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City and has toured all over the globe for thousands of American troops. For Beyond Glory, Lang received the Chairman's Medal for Distinguished Service from the National Endowment for the Arts.
His work on the screen includes leading roles in Last Exit to Brooklyn, Tombstone and Gettysburg and a MovieGuide Grace Award-winning performance as Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in Gods and Generals. Recent projects include the Grant Heslov feature The Men Who Stare at Goats as well as the role of Colonel Quaritch in James Cameron's highly anticipated sci-fi epic Avatar.
Lang previously worked with Michael Mann on Manhunter and was a series regular on Michael Mann's classic television series Crime Story.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Rory Cochrane, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephen Lang, John Ortiz, Giovanni Ribisi, David Wenham, John Michael Bolger, Bill Camp, Matt Craven, Emilie de Ravin, Don Frye, Spencer Garrett, Shawn Hatosy, Peter Gerety, Stephen Graham
Director Michael Mann
Johnny Depp and Christian Bale emerge from two of the biggest blockbuster series of all time (Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman, respectively) to star in this crime drama from HEAT's Michael... Johnny Depp and Christian Bale emerge from two of the biggest blockbuster series of all time (Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman, respectively) to star in this crime drama from HEAT's Michael Mann. Depp stars as legendary gangster John Dillinger, while Bale plays FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
In Cinemas July 30 2009