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    in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Narrator: With Mickey Cohen in prison, Los Angeles is organized-crime free.

    Smith punishing the man:

    Smith: The chief wants to keep it that way. Now, in Cleveland, you're an organized-crime associate...in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society.

    Man: I hear things. Like those two-man shooter teams. Bang, bang. They're eighty-sixing Cohen's lieutenants.


    What does "in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society" mean?
    Source: L.A. Confidential (a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson.)
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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    In desperate need of re-education is a shorter way to say "desperately in need of re-education". The plural "needs" is an error.
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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In desperate need of re-education is a shorter way to say "desperately in need of re-education". The plural "needs" is an error.
    Who is In desperate need of re-education?

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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hussey View Post
    Who is In desperate need of re-education?
    Someone in Cleveland.
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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Someone in Cleveland.
    Who is that someone? can you narrow it down after I made some changes to the question?

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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hussey View Post
    Who is that someone? can you narrow it down after I made some changes to the question?
    The narrator might be saying Imagine you're an organized-crime associate in Cleveland. How do you react to the situation?
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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The narrator might be saying Imagine you're an organized-crime associate in Cleveland. How do you react to the situation?

    There are 3 people: narrator, Smith, Man.

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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    Smith says that the man needs to learn how to be a normal person again, and stop being a criminal.
    "in desperate need" = very much needs
    "re-education" = forget what you learned before and learn something new to replace it
    "polite society" = normal living, not criminal

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    Re: in desperate needs of reeducation in the ways of polite society

    The man being punished by Smith needs re-education. This man is involved in organized crime in Cleveland.
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