GenreAction, Biography, Crime WriterPaul F. Edwards LanguageEnglish
Release dateJanuary 6, 1991 (1991-01-06) AwardsAmerican Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Pilots GenresAction Film, Drama, Biographical film, Crime Fiction, Historical drama CastMark Harmon (John Dillinger), Sherilyn Fenn (Billie Frechette), Will Patton (Melvin Purvis), Patricia Arquette (Polly Hamilton), Vince Edwards (J Edgar Hoover), Bruce Abbott (Harry Pierpont) Similar moviesPublic Enemies (2009), The Lady in Red (1979), Dillinger Is Dead (1969), Dillinger and Capone (1995), Murder in Mississippi (1990)
Dillinger is a 1991 television film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Mark Harmon as John Dillinger. It was first broadcast as the The ABC Sunday Night Movie for January 6, 1991.
The film is based on the actual events of the pursuit of American bank robber John Dillinger during the 1930s.
Variety gave the film a mixed review, complimenting the direction and this historical look while taking note of factual errors and questioning the somewhat positive portrayal of Dillinger. The Chicago Tribune praised Mark Harmon's "steamy portrayal", but also took note of factual inaccuracies and particularly disliked the fact that the movie was shot in Milwaukee, standing in for Chicago, even though historical locations were still available in Chicago, such as the Biograph Theater. Entertainment Weekly strongly disliked the film, giving it a "D" grade and criticizing it as "slow and aimless" and Harmon as "the stiffest sexiest-man-alive imaginable."