Win A Free Public Enemies DVD; Check Out Five Other "Enemy" Movies
He's also the star of Public Enemies, which comes out on DVD this week. Public Enemies is roughly the 50th telling of the John Dillinger saga, and approximately the 9,000th movie with a title that's a variation of the word "enemy." Here are five more.
Enemy Mine (1985)
A young actor (Dennis Quaid) on the cusp of stardom, another (Lou Gossett, Jr.) just coming off an impressive Oscar win. What better vehicle for both than a sci-fi version of My Dinner With Andre? Quaid would go on to do D.O.A. and Innerspace, while Gossett's future movie choices would provide Cuba Gooding, Jr. with his post-Academy Award career template.
The story -- tough guy Tom Powers (James Cagney) rises to power and distinction after hard upbringing on the mean streets -- is a familiar one, though it still had the cinematic equivalent of new-car smell in 1931 and would provide inspiration for everyone from Martin Scorsese to Lloyd Kaufman. And while the body count and gore quotient may not measure up to today's standards, there's plenty on hand to offend, including the infamous "grapefruit scene." Sure, it's no Irreversible, but this was 1931, remember.
Enemy Gold (1993)
The first movie in Andy Sidaris' "L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies" series not directed by Sidaris himself, and the first to star the Amazonian Julie Strain (as "Jewel Panther"). This is the best sexploitation flick about a search for missing Confederate gold that you'll ever see.
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991) Oh, Laura...if only you'd given a fake name to those ladies in your swim class then you and that handsome Ben Woodward could have saucily tried on new hats while listening to Van Morrison music for the rest of your days.
The Enemy Below (1957) Well know to Star Trek aficionados as the inspiration for the TOS episode "Balance of Terror," and to James Bond fans as one of the first English-language movies of Curt "Karl Stromberg" Jürgens. And movie-trivia buffs will also like that this was one of the first movies where the downbeat ending was switched out with a "happy" one based on preview reaction. Long live focus groups.