JOHN DILLINGER has been dead for nearly 100 years. So I would assume that the moratorium on spoilers has long since bit the dust.


If you plan on seeing PUBLIC ENEMIES over the 4th of JULY weekend, don’t know JOHN DILLINGER’S story and want to be kept in the dark about how the film ends, stop reading…NOW.

For the rest of you, I have a fascinating tidbit about the conclusion of the film.


When federal agents gun down JOHN DILLINGER in front of a theatre, the man who runs up to the body is a reporter, his figure barely visible from the helicopter carrying the crew filming PUBLIC ENEMIES.

The reporter is actually BRYAN BURROUGH, an author who has played this scene out before. His book was the basis for this summer’s film starring JOHNY DEPP as the notorious gangster.

On the same slab of Chicago where JOHN DILLINGER was shot 75 years ago, BRYAN BURROUGH, offered the part as an extra, races to JOHNNY’S side in the climactic scene.

“Johnny Depp goes down on the same exact piece of pavement that John Dillinger went down on,” BRYAN BURROUGH remarked in a phone interview from his home in Summit, N.J.

“To see what Michael Mann had done with the period costumes, the period automobiles, everything looking as everything must have looked… For someone who put five years into writing about that, it just kind of gave me chills.”

Writers RONAN BENNETT and ANN BIDERMAN – along with MICHAEL MANN – used Mr. Burrough’s book PUBLIC ENEMIES: AMERICA’S GREATEST CRIME WAVE & THE BIRTH OF THE FBI, 1933 – 1934 to help craft the screenplay for PUBLIC ENEMIES, which is being released JULY 1.

BRYAN BURROUGH has said the screenplay is not 100 per cent historically accurate, but “it’s by far the closest thing to fact Hollywood has attempted.”

As an extra, he was put in makeup and costume and spent 12 hours on an overnight shoot in Chicago. He isn’t sure anyone will make him out since MICHAEL MANN filmed that scene from a helicopter.


“I will be able to tell my kids: ‘See that little ant down there running toward Dillinger’s body? That is your father.’ ”

Not that he can yet be sure. He said he hasn’t been able to make any of the early screenings.

“I don’t know what to expect. It’s a big Johnny Depp movie opening on JULY 4 weekend.”

“I assume an awful lot of people will go see it. I assume given the people that have made this movie, it’s going to be pretty damn good…and I assume that I am going to be tickled to death.”

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