Oates is alternately cold-blooded and charismatic as legendary outlaw John Dillinger in this pulpy, whiz-bang gangster saga from American International Pictures. The feature directorial debut of Apocalypse Now screenwriter John Milius, it follows the larger-than-life bank robber as he terrorizes the Depression-era Midwest, strikes up a romance with a thrill-seeking Billie Frechette (Michelle Phillips, The Mamas & the Papas singer in her first film appearance), and orchestrates a daring escape from an Indiana prison—all as FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Ben Johnson) closes in on him like a cigar-chomping angel of death. The film’s centerpiece is a furiously nihilistic machine-gun shootout, a rat-tat-tat frenzy of bullet spray and bloodshed that approaches the apocalyptic.