Gun Battle Clip From Public Enemies
06.18.09 by REELZ
The first full clip from Michael Mann's Public Enemies is now online. Just follow the link here.
The scene is a full-blown night shoot-out complete with tommy guns, broken glass, and a heck of a lot of bullet holes. FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) and his team attempt an ambush outside the forest hideout of gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp). In terms of style, the scene seems to borrow not only from Scarface (the 1932 Howard Hawks version), but also the first big shoot-out scene in The Godfather: Part II, which sees Al Pacino diving for cover indoors while shooters ambush from a wooded area outside.
Public Enemies is based on the Bryan Burrough book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34,
which tells the stories behind the rise and fall of Dillinger in the 1930s. Melvin Purvis pursued Dillinger and
eventually gunned him down outside the Biograph Theater at the age of
We don't know about you, but this clip gets us even more excited for the movie.