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Gangster Squad [Blu-ray] (2012)

Sean Penn , Emma Stone , Ruben Fleischer  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (547 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Troy Garity, Michael Pena
  • Directors: Ruben Fleischer
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 23, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (547 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005S9ELY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gangster Squad [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Los 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.

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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! -[...] - @tss5078 February 22, 2013
This film has received many bad reviews, but not because it's a bad movie. The truth is it's just not what people expected it to be. When you hear about a mafia movie, you expect an epic, inside look like with Goodfellas or Casino, but Gangster Squad is from the cops point of view and more like The Untouchables. Gangster Squad is based on a novel and is about an off the books LAPD operation aimed at bringing down Micky Cohen. In the 1940s, LA had a growing mafia problem on it's hands, and Mickey Cohen was set to become the next Al Capone. Unbeknownst for decades, the LAPD sent a group of cops, who didn't play by the book, after Cohen and by going after his business interests, they attempt to destroy his growing empire. The story is a great one, well deserving of a film adaptation, but what people didn't like was how it turned into an action film. This story has all the makings of an epic mafia drama, an you will be hard pressed to find a better performance than the one Sean Penn gives as Mickey Cohen. It was somewhat disappointing that they didn't get more into Cohen and his operation, but for what it was, it was a great film. As for the cast, it features some of Hollywood's best an brightest as old school meets the up and coming stars of the big screen. Every one from the stars to the ancillary characters give Oscar worthy performances that will be sadly overlooked. because of the nature of the film. If you're looking for a classic mob drama, you're going to be disappointed, but if you want to see an action packed cop movie with a mob element, then Gangster Squad is the film for you.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard ball... January 12, 2013
"Gangster Squad" is an old-fashioned crime-fighting thriller set in the L.A. of the late 1940's, complete with period sets, a solid cast, and a suspenseful story. It claims to be based on a true story, but the average viewer probably won't worry about the history. The average viewer will be too busy wondering just how vicious the fight between two-fisted mobster Mickey Cohen and a group of vigilante cops is going to get, and who might get hurt in the process.

As the story opens, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is staking out his criminal turf, while most of the police force has been paid to look the other way. The police chief (a grizzled Nick Nolte) taps honest police sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to set up an off-the-books gangster squad. With the help of his wife, O'Mara picks five other police officers prepared to take on Cohen and his mob. Among them is Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), O'Mara's army buddy, who also happens to have a very dangerous thing going with Cohen's moll (Emma Stone). The gangster squad gets to work, and Mickey Cohen soon becomes aware that his operation is being dismantled right under his nose. Cohen will come after the gangster squad, and their friends and families, setting up a big finale at an L.A. hotel.

The pacing of the movie is perhaps a little uneven, but its best moments make up for it. The gunfights are pretty exciting, and the movie makes the good guys worry about the collateral damage. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are quite good together, as in a different way are Josh Brolin and Mireille Enos, who plays his wife. The movie has an old-fashioned ending, but that is the point. Recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES February 3, 2013
This is a fictionalized version of the story of LA gangster Mickey Cohen, excellently portrayed by Sean Penn who looks nothing like him. The action takes place in 1949/1950 and is not shot in black and white. Combat veteran Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) is asked to form a squad of elite men to take down Mickey Cohen, but not as cops, but as a gangsters hitting his places one by one.

John has a pregnant wife (Mireille Enos) who would rather leave town than have her husband take on the mobster. Saddled with the fact it won't happen, she helps her husband assemble a squad which includes Jerry (Ryan Gosling) a playboy cop who is seeing Mickey's girlfriend (Emma Stone). Emma Stone has played too many down to earth women to pull off a swanky mobster girl. She looked like a kid who was playing in her mommy's make-up box. Perhaps that was the genius of the film as she was to suppose to be a small town girl out of place.

Jerry uses a pick up line from 1941 comedy "Hold That Ghost" when he talks about playing post office. Again, was this bad writing or would have someone used a line from a film? At times the characters acted like they came out of "Sin City," stereotypes of themselves. Where do they get all these new Packards to shoot up?

The film had some good lines such as Sean Penn: "All good things must one day be burnt to the ground for insurance money." There is enough humor in the film to keep it from becoming dry.

Now the bad news is that Mickey Cohen was actually brought down by the IRS and not the gangster squad. His girlfriend Liz (not Grace)did three years because she wouldn't testify against him. So as far as facts go, rate this well below an Oliver Stone film. I liked the film, but not because there was any truth to it.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex. Stripper with large pasties.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Soiled Six-Pack January 17, 2013
This is a violent, bloody R-rated territorial squabble set in the late 1940s between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Mickey Cohen/Bugsy Siegel East Coast Mob. This humor-laced (and bullet-ridden) outing pits East Coast gangsters against ...hmm... not really a Dirty Dozen, more like a Slightly Soiled Six-Pack, of cops who have been anonymously recruited to run organized crime out of Los Angeles.

This is a highly fictionalized story inspired by real events. We see:
* Sean Penn ("Milk") is Mickey Cohen, a former professional boxer with a nasty temper, brutal and merciless. I must say, Penn has become a caricature of himself....and he has NEVER learned to enunciate!
* Nick Nolte ("Warrior") is Police Chief Parker, the guy determined to keep Cohen and his cohorts from setting up shop in LA.
* Josh Brolin ("W.") is Sgt. John O'Mara, an Army vet, now a cop for the LAPD. He is hand-picked for the job, and he in turn hand picks his own squad (with some help from his wife).
* Ryan Gosling ("Drive") is Sgt. Jerry Wooters, who first declines the "honor" of serving on the team, but then he gets mad... (with the Hollywoodland real estate development sign shining in the background.)
* Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man") is Grace, a favorite of Cohen's; Sgt. Wooters likes her, too.... Vintage clothing looks good on this gal!
* Robert Patrick ("Trouble With the Curve") is Max, otherwise known by this little gang as "Hopalong" because a six-gun is his weapon of choice.
* Michael Peña ("End of Watch") is Navidad, who nominates himself to join up when Max is recruited.
* Giovanni Ribisi ("Avatar") is Conway, a technician who is invited into the project because he understands telecommunications...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was as pretty good movie. I usually don't like these kind of husband wanted to see it. It did keep my attention and I watched it all. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Kristie Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCHED THREE TIMES
One of the better movies with lots of good actors in it, such as Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and many others.
Published 2 days ago by PARG
1.0 out of 5 stars No good
Save your money this movie blows
This is the worst movie I ever wasted 10 bucks on
its very phoney
Published 13 days ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars 1940s Los Angeles Never Looked So Steamy
Gangster Squad is set in 1940s Los Angeles, CA based on a novel of the same name. The set production team did an awesome job giving the feeling of the era with the appropriate... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Published 15 days ago by Sid Arias
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent action movie
I really enjoyed the movie and the action is fantastic! Sean Penn's character is diabolical and the Squad are really tough agents!
Published 24 days ago by A K Nachshoni
2.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of action, but nothing new and a good bit of baloney
I love this sort of movie, which is why it gets any stars. Sean Penn was well cast and the media standing around getting photos of him provided some good comic relief. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Scott Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars gangster love story
to me this movie was a gangster love story,it was alot of fun to watch a story taking place in a fun time in history the story telling was done very well,and it keeps you... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dakota J. Doerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great price and excellent quality!
This movie was very good!! It came with a digital copy to download on your computer or android device! Took a little while to ship but it was not damaged. Very good quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action!
Good story line with lots of action. Great sets and costumes which help to transport the viewer to another time. Would be good to watch on the big screen!
Published 1 month ago by Rick Vallance
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