Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

DVD - 2013
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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, guns, 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 for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders who come together to try and tear Cohen's world apart.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Village Roadshow Pictures, [2013]
Edition: Rental ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Gan
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Gangster squad (Motion picture)

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ShanaFagela
Apr 20, 2017

What a waste of a stellar cast. I grew up in the era of Mickey Cohen in LA, and trust me, the story is a very glamorized Hollywood version of the truth. So many other good movies out; don't waste your time on this one. Read about it on Rotten Tomatoes for more info.

Watchable but otherwise unimpressive. Most of the acting was good (Penn was not. Way too much scenery chewing.). The art direction was great but that's about it. There was a real Gangster Squad and they borrowed some names from history but that's as close as this based-on-a-true-story film gets.

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marx_bro
Mar 01, 2015

Great film Noire! Late '40-set film depicting LA underworld and the elite crew bent on stopping them. Think "Untouchables" set on the West coast. Killer cast too!

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1SuzieQ
Feb 25, 2015

This is a fantastic film. Every character played their part well. It's based on a true story which makes it more intriguing. There is some brutal violence in it so be aware of that. Overall very well done.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Aug 27, 2014

I could appreciate what might be an attempt here from the director and producers to try to do something different for the Gangster genre,but the violence in this entire film is so cartoon styled or comic book like or video game like i cannot respect this film nor give it a pass.The violence in this movie makes me kind of think that this is like that ''Dick Tracy'' movie that was shot in color featuring blood.I wish the violence would have been supervised and shot more gritty and realistic instead of amateurish and uninspired like this film really is unfortunately.It's the director and producers that screwed up what clearly could have been another good Gangster film period.If the writer of this film's script DEMANDED comic book or video game style violence than they are the blame for this crappy Gangster film too.At least it is very violent though,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tj_is_cool
Aug 16, 2014

Watchable gangster flick.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 25, 2014

A group of good cops in LA took on the powerful, law-protected gangsters in the 40's. In doing so they risk their lives and the lives of their families. With plenty of violence, and a 40'ish back drop, this is a pretty entertaining film to watch if you like this genre. The happy ending is a bonus.

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Libraryman1_0
May 20, 2014

Well done, action laden pic of the Gangster era, and two strong leads in Josh Brolin, and Sean Penn in opposing roles hold their own in this latter 1940's period piece. Absolute pleasure to see.

JMGP Jan 17, 2014

Twenty minutes in, about the time when an Avenger-esque team was being assembled, I said, "Hey, I like this movie." The characters are interesting, the plot takes unexpected turns and I wanted to see how everything turned out. The movie is very stylized, with a comic book quality to it: "Roger Rabbit" meets "The Untouchables". As a result the characters fulfill stereotypical roles. I do warn that it is extremely violent. Sean Penn's character employs vicious methods of revenge. The ending is a big disappointment - cliche and overly sentimental.

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Matisse
Nov 27, 2013

There are some really good things about this movie. Then there are some very lame things. It falls into formula, anything original or interesting disappears. I yelled several times at the tv, "Oh come on, give me a break." It's that kind of movie.

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aaa5756 Nov 26, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Nov 26, 2013

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

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Monolith
Oct 29, 2013

Sgt. Jerry Wooters: (to Sgt. John O'Mara): "Do you really wanna win this thing or do you wanna die tryin'? Don't get me wrong -- I love shootin' gangsters in the legs just as much as the next guy..."

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 25, 2014

Violence: Plenty of violence and gore, including a scene in which a man is torn apart by two cars.

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