The 1971 Dillinger was written and directed by John Milius, a right-winger and gun fan. Crisp and exciting, the movie focuses on gun violence and gun justice (no trials). With aplomb Warren Oates plays bank robber John Dillinger, and Ben Johnson—relentlessly out to get his man—is FBI agent Melvin Purvis. Here, Milius is Sam Peckinpah without the intermittent visual poetry. He gets the job done, though, and not without personal vision.