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An elite police squad fights to save the city of Los Angeles from a power-hungry East Coast mobster in this gritty police-detective film set in the 1940s, and based on Paul Lieberman's seven-part Los Angeles Times series "Tales From the Gangster Squad." Jewish gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a Brooklyn-born boxer-turned-L.A. kingpin whose brutal ambition has earned him the respect of the Italian mob. He's the kind of crime boss who dines with judges and police chiefs, but still isn't quite sure which fork to use when it comes time for the main course. Just when it begins to look like Cohen owns every cop in the city, however, LAPD Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) enlists honest cop Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to assemble a top-secret task force that will burn the vicious gangster's thriving criminal empire to the ground. With the help of his pregnant wife Connie (Mireille Enos), Sgt. O'Mara handpicks smooth-talking Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), heroin-hating Officer Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), deadeye Officer Max Kennard (Robert Patrick), and brilliant wireman Officer Conwell Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi) for the task at hand. Joined by Officer Kennard's tough sidekick Officer Navidad Ramirez (Michael Peña) as they set out for their first job, the squad strike fast and hard at the core of Cohen's operation. Meanwhile, the charming Sgt. Wooters flirts with danger by starting an affair with Cohen's smoldering paramour Grace Faraday (Emma Stone). Shortly after learning that Cohen is plotting a power play that will cement his stronghold on the city, however, the squad are unexpectedly compromised, putting the lives of all of their families in danger and leaving them with little choice but to step up their efforts and target the ruthless gangster directly. Should they live to accomplish their mission, Sgt. O'Mara and his men will prevent L.A. from becoming a hive of criminal activity like Chicago or New York. But Cohen isn't going down without a fight, and if he falls, the entire city will feel the aftershock. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:January 11, 2013


Sean Penn
as Mickey Cohen
Ryan Gosling
as Sgt. Jerry Wooters
Josh Brolin
as Sgt. John O'Mara
Emma Stone
as Grace Faraday
Anthony Mackie
as Officer Coleman Harris
Michael Peña
as Officer Navidad Ramirez
Giovanni Ribisi
as Officer Conwell Keeler
Robert Patrick
as Officer Max Kennard
Nick Nolte
as Chief Parker
Holt McCallany
as Karl Lockwood
Troy Garity
as Wevrock
Wade Williams
as Rourke
James Hebert
as Mitch Racine
Mac Brandt
as Bruiser
Brandon Molale
as Jimmy "Bockscar" Knox
Michael Papajohn
as Mike "The Flea"
Jeff Wolfe
as Giovanni Vacarezza
Anthony Molinari
as Lorenzo Molinari
Jack McGee
as Lt. Quincannon
Evan Jones
as Neddy Herbert
James Carpinello
as Johnny Stomp
Lucy Davenport
as Slapsy Maxie's Singer
Sullivan Stapleton
as Jack Whalen
John Aylward
as Judge Carter
Dennis Cockrum
as Elmer Jackson
Jack Conley
as Sheriff Biscailuz
Michael C. Mahon
as City Hall Reporter
Josh Pence
as Officer Daryl Gates
De'Aundre Bonds
as Duke Del-Red
Maxwell Perry Cotton
as Keeler's Son
Matt Knudsen
as Club Figaro Reporter
Lucas Fleischer
as Club Figaro Reporter
Jon Polito
as Dragna
Lance Barber
as Comanche
Michael Bacall
as Comanche
Dale Gibson
as Burbank Cop
Mickey Giacomazzi
as Hatchetman
Don Harvey
as Officer Funston
Anthony de Longis
as Burbank Jail Thug
Michael Owen
as Burbank Jail Thug
Tom Hallick
as El Dorado Investor
Esther Scott
as Letty
Christopher Doyle
as Edgar Beaumont
Max Daniels
as Jeffrey Clark
Danny Wynands
as Grenade Goon
Derek Mears
as Bridge Goon
Derek Graf
as El Dorado Guard


Ruben Fleischer
Michael Tadross
Dan Lin
Kevin McCormick
Dion Beebe
Steve Jablonsky
Composer (Music Score)
Alan E. Baumgarten
James Herbert
Maher Ahmad
Production Designer
Thomas T. Taylor
Art Director
Austin Gorg
Supervising Art Director
Timothy O'Brien
Art Director
Jon Silk
Bruce Berman
Executive Producer
Ruben Fleischer
Executive Producer
Gene Serdena
Set Decorator
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Vincent Lascoumes
First Assistant Director
John Papsidera
Caleb Deschanel
Additional Cinematography
Iraina Crenshaw
Christien Tinsley
Department Head Makeup
Crazy Horse Effects
Visual Effects
Roxy D'Alonzo
Camille Henderson
Tinsley Studio
Makeup Special Effects
Michael Tadross
Unit Production Manager
Bart Mixon
Ray Quinlan
Unit Production Manager
Christophe LeChanu
Second Assistant Director
Scott Harber
Production Sound Mixer
Ariel Velasco Shaw
Visual Effects Supervisor
Zoic Studios
Visual Effects
Lydia Milars