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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 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:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The original trailer was pulled after the Aurora, Colorado, Century 16 theater massacre due to a shot in which four gangsters fire machine guns through a projection screen into a crowded movie theater. Warner Bros. ordered the film back into production for a reshoot of the scene, necessitating a rescheduling of the film's release and rewrite of the script. See more »

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Throughout the film, the character Coleman Harris uses a switchblade knife. However, this particular switchblade, the "Leverletto" by Bill DeShivs which is a hybrid of a German-style lever-lock automatic and an Italian style stiletto, did not go into production until 2005, making it's use in 1949 anachronistic by about 54 years. A more realistic choice would have been a classic Italian pick-lock stiletto, which were commercially available at the time. See more »

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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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Written and Performed by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew)
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Colorful as well as violent flick about a relentless outfit to take down brutal mobster Mickey Cohen
20 April 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Brilliantly and stylishly recreated story set in Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by a determined sergeant (Josh Brolin) pull off a hard fight against a local mobster . As sergeant John O'Mara happily married to pregnant Connie O'Mara (Mireille Enos , though Amy Adams and Kate Winslet were considered to play her) is assigned by Chief W.H. Parker (Nick Nolte, who portrays , previously played the leader of the gangster squad in Mulholland Falls) to enlist a brave group (Jamie Foxx and Bryan Cranston were considered for the roles but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with their other movies) . As they work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) who runs the city . O'Mara chooses 4 officers (Robert Patrick , Anthony McKee , Giovanni Rivisi , Michael Peña) and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling , though Adam Brody, Joel Edgerton, Luke Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were on the short list for the part) to join him but he is not interested , but when he witnesses a killing , he joins them . Then , Wooters falls in love for Mickey Cohen's girlfriend called Grace Faraday (Emma Stone , though Teresa Palmer, Camilla Belle, Aly Michalka, Lily Collins, Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried and Maggie Grace auditioned for this character)

This is a violence-ridden story full of action, drama , thriller and being pretty entertaining . Intelligent and suspenseful script in ¨The Untouchables¨ style , being written by Will Beall based on the book "Gangster Squad" from Paul Lieberman . Spectacular as well as explosive shoot'em up on the streets , mansion , station and Chinatown . Josh Brolin is excellent as impulsive and obstinate enforcer fighting against the underworld crime . Robert Patrick plays to perfection a veteran, incorruptible police who takes under his experience and protection to Michael Peña . And Sean Penn overacting in a heinous role as the nasty Mickey Cohen , Penn went through 3 hours of makeup each morning . Flamboyant and rich photography by Dion Beebe . Thrilling as well as atmospheric musical score by Steve Jablonsky . The motion picture was beautifully directed by Ruben Fleischer . This superb recounting will appeal immensely to Josh Brolin , Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone fans.

The flick was partially based on real events : In the movie, the Gangster Squad is assembled to go after Mickey Cohen. However, in real life Chief W.H. Parker set up the squad to prevent other gangsters from taking over Cohen's rackets after Cohen went to prison on income tax evasion. Whenever the squad learned that out-of-town gangsters were coming to Los Angeles to try to set up new operations, the Gangster Squad would kidnap them, beat them up and then send them back to wherever they came from with the warning that if they ever returned, they would be killed . Other films dealing with this famous gangster Mickey Cohen are the followings : Bugsy (1991) played by Harvey Keitel , Fallen Angels (1993) played by James Woods , The Rat Pack (1998) (TV) played by Alan Woolf , L.A. Confidential (1997) played by Paul Guilfoyle , and recent TV series Mob City (2013) played by Jeremy Luke , including similar characters to 'The gangster squad' being starred by Jon Bernthal , Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough , Alexa Davalos , Jeffrey DeMunn and Robert Knepper.


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