Although Oates bears some resemblance to Dillinger, this film, like its 1945 predecessor, has little to do with the facts. Despite its big budget, antique cars, and good costuming, it is even more laughable than the Tierney programmer. Director Milius is wholly unconcerned with portraying
the criminals of the 1930s as they really were, mixing up facts and fiction in a tasteless stew of violence, blood, and human gore. He has Homer Van Meter (Stanton) shotgunned to death by farmers when this gangster was shot in a St. Paul, Minnesota, alley by police. He has Charles Arthur "Pretty
Boy" Floyd (Kanaly) killed in Wisconsin when he was shot in Ohio. Milius' attitude is ...