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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ryan Gosling's exchange with Emma Stone early in the film regarding the playing of "post office" is lifted word-for-word from The Three Stooges short Three Little Pigskins (1934) in a scene with Curly Howard and Phyllis Crane. The short also starred a young platinum blonde named Lucille Ball. See more »

Goofs

The kidnapped girl is thrown on the bed and as John O'Mara comes into the room, the bed is put up in order to hide her, meaning that she should be upside down. When she is yelling for help, she is standing up. 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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: La La Land and Bye Bye Man (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ole Buttermilk Sky
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Jack Brooks
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Gritty
11 January 2015 | by rizwaanulhuqSee all my reviews

Good movie. Worth a watch.

I like the dialogs, also the attitude of the characters. A slice of 40s postwar New York, successfully portrayed, with a bunch of believable characters. The love part is little shallow.

Probably a bit anti-semitic (Cohen as Jew) as well as anti-Indian (mark Chief's comments) but nevertheless thats the way Uncle Sam is back then maybe! Also, I would love to see Cohen die rather to be hanged by court. I mean what is the point of killing whole lot of his men just to arrest and hand over to legal system. Playing the good cop at the end doesn't go with the whole motto of the squad.


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