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Gangster Squad (2013)

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It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.

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Ruben Fleischer

Writers:

Will Beall, Paul Lieberman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Mickey Cohen
Holt McCallany ... Karl Lockwood
Wade Williams ... Rourke
James Landry Hébert ... Mitch Racine (as James Hèbert)
Ambyr Childers ... Milk Skinned Blonde
Josh Brolin ... Sgt. John O'Mara
Mick Betancourt ... Detective Sgt. Will Hendricks
Mac Brandt ... Bruiser
Brandon Molale ... Jimmy 'Bockscar' Knox
Michael Papajohn ... Mike 'The Flea'
Jeff Wolfe ... Giovanni Vacarezza
Anthony Molinari ... Lorenzo Molinari
Austin Highsmith ... Patty
Ryan Gosling ... Sgt. Jerry Wooters
Neil Koppel Neil Koppel ... Max Solomon
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It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Sergeant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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No names. No badges. No mercy.


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuerza antigángster See more »

Filming Locations:

Bellflower, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,070,347, 13 January 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,000,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,200,903
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Penn went through three hours of makeup each morning. See more »

Goofs

When Grace Faraday is introduced in the restaurant, the napkin stuffed down Mickey Cohen's shirt disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Sgt. John O'Mara: Every man carries a badge. Some symbol of his allegiance. His were the scars of a boxer who'd used his fists to climb the social ladder of the mob. A Jew who'd gained the respect of wops through a homicidal lust. He'd sworn an oath of violence. And his master? His own insatiable will to power. He wanted to own this town. His name was Mickey Cohen.
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References Django (1966) See more »

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Big Jay's Hop
Written and Performed by Big Jay McNeely
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Limited Partnership
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Fans of The Untouchables Will Certainly Enjoy this Gangster Movie
28 July 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1949, in Los Angeles, the ambitious and ruthless kingpin Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) controls drugs, prostitution and gambling and has the local judge and police department in his pocket. When Sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) busts Mickey's brothel to rescue a naive newcomer in town, Police Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) summons him and offers to O'Mara to form an unofficial unit to destroy Mickey's facilities and shipments to take him down.

O'Mara and his wife select four incorruptible cops to work with him. Then a fifth police officer joins the team in the beginning of a war against Mickey's empire of crime.

"Gangster Squad" is an entertaining movie based on the biography of the powerful and violent gangster Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen. This criminal indeed ended his days in Alcatraz but years later, sentenced twice for tax evasion and not for murder. Unfortunately the true story was not written this way.

The cast is magnificent, with names such as Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi among many others and the art direction and costumes is also excellent. The plot has many clichés and works like a cartoon, with the bullets occasionally hitting the heroes, but all of that is part of the entertainment. Fans of "The Untouchables" will certainly enjoy this effective gangster movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Caça aos Gângsteres" ("Hunting Down the Gangsters")


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