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"Gangster Squad" movies quotes follow the action in this 2013 crime movie based on the real life story of mafia gangster Mickey Cohen. Based on "Tales from the Gangster Squad" by Paul Lieberman, "Gangster Squad" was written by Will Beall and directed by Ruben Fleischer. Originally the film was set to open on September 7, 2012, however in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting, the release was pushed back to January 11, 2013, due to "Gangster Squad" featuring a scene where the characters use machine guns to shoot up theatergoers.

In "Gangster Squad," the setting is the 1940s and 1950s in Los Angeles, California. Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a New York-born gangster with ties to Al Capone, moves to Los Angeles and soon becomes one of the biggest gangsters on the West Coast. Despite their best attempts, the Los Angeles Police Department simply cannot take down Mickey Cohen, that is at least using traditional, legal methods.

So at the request of Police Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte), the officers try a different method, playing by Mickey's rules. Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin), Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) and other officers (portrayed by Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena and Robert Patrick, among others), form a gangster squad to take back Los Angeles from Mickey Cohen's control. Emma Stone co-stars in the film.

"Gangster Squad" is one of the most anticipated films for the winter of 2012 but it isn't alone. Other notable releases include "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "Playing for Keeps," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Red Dawn," "Chasing Mavericks," "Rise of the Guardians," "Argo," and "Looper."
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Like a Dog with Rabies


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Mickey Cohen: "A cop that's not for sale is like a dog with rabies, you just gotta put 'em down."

According to Mickey Cohen, a cop that cannot be paid off to look the other way is a cop not worth having around. To him those are just like dogs who need to be put down.
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I'm a God


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Mickey Cohen: "I'm not an educated man, but I've read some history. Every kingdom comes up bloody. Every castle is built on a pile of bones. When I came out here, LA was nothing. Back east I was a gangster, out here I'm god."

The pure arrogance of Mickey Cohen comes out in this clip as he explains that despite not being the sharpest tool in the shed, he does know enough to completely take over the city of Los Angeles and is fully willing to go through whoever stands in his way to do just that.
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You Gotta Die of Something


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Det. Navidad Ramirez: "Going up against 40?"
Sgt. Jerry Wooters: "Well you gotta die of something"

Detective Navidad Ramirez is hesitant to join the gangster squad to take down Mickey Cohen knowing that it's an uphill battle. Sergeant Wooters however reminds him that dying is inevitable and this way at least you can go out doing something meaningful.
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Leave These at Home


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Sgt. John O'Mara: "Leave these at home. Nobody will ever know what we've done. We're not solving a case here, we're going to war."

Referring to their police badges, Sergeant O'Mara explains to his newly formed gangster squad that for this mission, they are no longer cops, they are soldiers fighting a war against evil.