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Warner Bros.' new action-thriller “Gangster Squad” is an action-packed story of redemption, of righting wrongs, of men taking back what’s theirs, and the belief and commitment required to make a difference, to save the city they love, the City of Angels.
In order to preserve the law in Los Angeles, the members of the gangster squad—a small group of LAPD cops secretly tasked to take on the city’s most nefarious crime lord, Mickey Cohen—would have to break it. “Gangster Squad,” inspired by these true events, depicts the height of Hollywood’s glamorous Golden Age in 1949, and also a time of great turmoil in L.A. Cohen ran the town and had local government officials at the highest levels in his pocket. It would take a lot of guts—there could be no glory in it—to put an end to his reign.
Ruben Fleischer, the film’s director/executive producer, a former history major, couldn’t wait to delve into that world. “It was such an exciting time: that elegant, art deco, post-war era when the city was really being reborn and expanding,” he observes. “There was exuberance about the victory overseas, the men coming home, and the economy coming back. I’ve always been fascinated by that period, so when the opportunity to explore it came along, I jumped at it.”
Producer Dan Lin says, “Ruben wanted to put a new twist on the genre by taking his contemporary filmmaking aesthetic and applying it to the period setting, providing a modern edge to a story that takes place back in the days when the good guys had to act like mobsters to take down a mobster.”