Gangster Squad (2013)
Gangster Squad SynopsisLos Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. Gangster Squad is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
Gangster Squad Release Date
In Theaters January 11, 2013
Gangster Squad Credits
Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick, and Mireille Enos
Written by: Will Beall
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Produced by: Dan Lin, Kevin McCormack, and Michael Tadross
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
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by Kristy Puchko April 25, 2013 comments
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by Eric Eisenberg November 29, 2012 comments
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In Wake Of Aurora Tragedy, Warner Bros Will Re-Shoot Gangster Squad
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by Eric Eisenberg July 29, 2011 comments
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by Eric Eisenberg July 28, 2011 comments
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