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Gangster Squad (2013)

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Gangster Squad is a movie starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. 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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... Mickey Cohen
... Karl Lockwood
... Rourke
... Mitch Racine (as James Hèbert)
... Milk Skinned Blonde
... Sgt. John O'Mara
... Detective Sgt. Will Hendricks
... Bruiser
... Jimmy 'Bockscar' Knox
... Mike 'The Flea'
... Giovanni Vacarezza
... Lorenzo Molinari
... Patty
... Sgt. Jerry Wooters
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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11 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Fuerza antigángster  »

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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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Mickey Cohen's Cell Number in Alcaraz was AZ-1518. See more »

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Chief Parker was only 44 in 1949, not nearly as old as portrayed. 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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Referenced in Conan: Betty White's Bud in Bieber's Bong (2013) See more »

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A Little Bird Told Me
Written and Performed by Paula Watson
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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No names. No badges. No mercy.
7 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Glossy, slick, bloody, violent, dumb, crowd-pleasing, and undeniably entertaining. Filled with every gangster genre cliché rolled into one, GANGSTER SQUAD ain't high art, nor is it aiming to be. It seemed as if director Fleischer was trying to tell this story in the most fun possible way, and he succeeds with flying colors. The film is at its best when its loud and dumb but falters when it tries to be anything more than that.

The cast seems like they're having fun, especially Sean Penn who has a field day with his role as the villain Mickey Cohen. The lines he's given are pure gold. Josh Brolin does a great job as the lead and Ryan Gosling is charming and charismatic as usual. However, Emma Stone is underused with a thankless role, but it's nice that she's in the film anyway. Overall, GANGSTER SQUAD is fun entertainment. No judgments, little pretense.


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