- Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Mireille Enos, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Michael Pena, Josh Pence, Holt McCallany, Jonny Coyne, Sullivan Stapleton, Derek Mears, Troy Garity, James Carpinello, Brandon Molale, Jon Polito, Ambyr Childers, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Austin Highsmith, De'aundre Bonds, Dennis Cockrum, Haley Strode, Jeff Wolfe, Jim Fitzpatrick, James Hebert, Chelsea Edmundson, Mac Brandt, Austin Abrams, Leni Ford, Freedom, Sophia Strauss, Nancy McCrumb, Tony SagastizadoI, Katrina Munday, Meg Schaab, Yvette Tucker
- Director: Ruben Fleischer
- Writers: Will Beall, Paul Lieberman
- Producers: Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross
- Co Producer: Jon Silk
- Executive Producers: Bruce Berman, Ruben Fleischer
- Art Direction: Timothy David O'Brien
- Casting: John Papsidera
- Costume Design: Mary Zophres
- D.O.P.: Dion Beebe
- Editor: Alan Baumgarten
- Makeups: Elizabeth Mbousia, Lydia Milars, Bart Mixon, Gerald Quist
- Music: Carter Burwell
- Production Design: Maher Ahmad
- Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
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. "The 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA; Santa Clarita, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong violence and language
- Production Budget: $60 million
- Production Companies: Langley Park Productions, Lin Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures
- Production Schedule: 7 September 2011 - 15 December 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "An impressively cast ensemble true story crime drama, Fleischer's film follows a secret "off the record" police task force in the 1940s and 50s as they try to keep the east coast mob from moving into Los Angeles. In particular, high-profile gangster Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen (Penn) who was a member of the so-called "Jewish Mafia."
Joining the actor names mentioned above in supporting roles are the likes of Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie and Troy Garity. Former L.A. cop and novelist Will Beall penned the script which "Zombieland" helmer Fleischer directs. Fleischer says he aims to make an iconic gangster movie that uses the L.A. setting as a key element of the action.
Considering Fleischer's career has been made on mostly action comedies, many were wondering how he would go handling both dramatic and period elements. The first trailers came out and the surprise was mostly about the glossy sheen on display - it's a stylised and flashy piece which plays up the period elements and look - think a more glamorous and less complicated "L.A. Confidential." Fleischer admitted they took some liberties with the true story aspect which is ultimately about the Penn/Brolin face-off for the future of Los Angeles.
Things changed in July though in the wake of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The key set piece of the movie involved mob goons shooting submachine guns at moviegoers through the screen of Grauman's Chinese Theater. The scene was featured prominently in the trailer, a trailer that was quickly yanked from release. The sequence is crucial to the story though, which caused the studio to call in everyone for a week of reshoots which shifted the setting of the gunfight to L.A.'s Chinatown district.
This pushed the film back from its original early Fall bow to a January release date. Costing a fairly high $75 million, the studio now faces another problem in the form of a media re-examining the influence of violent movies in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. As the first major movie release of the year, this has become an unexpected gamble for the studio. A carefully considered campaign has to be in place as things move forward, and hopefully the film itself will be strong enough that people will consider it on its own merit."