Gangster Squad

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ruben Fleischer
Production: Warner Bros.
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


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 is Mickey Cohen.

On my badge is the city of Los Angeles.

I came back from the war

and I didn't even recognize it.

Brothels, vice, blood in the streets.

Cohen is building his empire.

"The children of the night."


"What music they make."

It's the damnedest thing, Russo.

I come up here so many times...

...they see me,

they know they're getting a treat.

What's the matter with you? You think they're

not gonna hear about this in Chicago?

Oh, I'll make sure they do.

You're certifiable, Mickey.

You belong in a booby hatch,

eating pudding in your goddamn pajamas.

A minute ago, you were begging.

That's when I thought you were a man.

But you're something else.

You're rotten.



What about now, Tommy?

You impressed?

Argh! You prick bastard.

- Okay, boys.

You sick son of a b*tch.

Let her rip!



Oh, my. Heh, heh.

Now, you go back to Chicago... tell them what you saw here tonight.

You tell them that Los Angeles

belongs to Mickey Cohen.


Fighting the war had taught me...

...the only thing necessary for the triumph

of evil is for good men to do nothing.

People are scared.

They say leave it alone.


Excuse me, miss?

Anyone ever tell you you look like

Lauren Bacall?



But Cohen isn't the only fighter.

And I'm ready to step in the ring.

Son of a b*tch didn't waste any time,

did he?

Today's your lucky day.

We're holding auditions.

- Really?

- Let's go.

This is it.

Ooh, wow.

This is wonderful.

Thank you. I can't wait to let

my folks know about this.


They're gonna be real proud of you.

You know, this is where

Bacall first met Bogart.

What the hell are you doing?

What's it look like? He's gonna

give her a bad time in there.

O'Mara, for chrissakes, that's Cohen's

place. Nobody goes in there.

I don't want any part of this.

Go get an ice cream.


Right this way.

You know, we hold all our screen tests

up here, kiddo.

Away from the crowds.

Come on.

- Help you with something, pal?

- Looking to meet someone.

Yeah? What's her name?

I don't know, I thought maybe you

could help me out with that.

- No, mister. It's okay, really.

Get in the goddamn room.

- Look at what Daddy found.



I tell you I was partial to blonds?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. All right, big guy.

Pistola, butt-first.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. You're a cop?

Christ, buddy. What are you,

soft in the head?


Please! Let me go! Please! Aah!


Break her, boys.

Let me go!

No! No! Stop it, please! Don't!

Please! Please!


- Help!

Shh. Shh.

You make another sound and you're dead.



Who is it?

Mitts in the air!

Come on!

I don't think so.

- Ten bucks says this guy ain't even heeled.

I'll take that bet.

Why don't you come over here

and find out. Come on.



Help! Somebody!


Please help me!

Welcome to Los Angeles, ma'am.


Patty, it was the strangest thing.

I arrested Whalen, next thing you know,

lickety-split, he escapes.

Oh, really? He overpowered you again?

- No.

- He just slipped his cuffs?

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Will Beall

Will Beall is an American screenwriter and former Los Angeles Police Department detective. He is best known for writing the script for the 2013 film Gangster Squad and developing the TV series Training Day. more…

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