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The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

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John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them - a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process - would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Written by E Anderson and J. Breaux

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Based on the true story of one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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18 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,635,037 (USA) (18 September 2015)

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$62,563,543 (USA) (27 November 2015)
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Guy Pearce was originally cast as Billy Bulger but dropped out of the project for undisclosed reasons. See more »

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When Whitey and his crew are pulled over by a marked Boston patrol car, the cruiser's license plates are solid blue with white letters and the word police written at an angle. At the time, they would have been solid white with blue lettering, like the plates on Whitey's and Connolly's cars. See more »

Quotes

John Connolly: I've known him since forever!
Marianne Connolly: And you certainly hold your boyhood heroes in high regard. 'Jimmy' this, 'Jimmy' that...
John Connolly: He was very good to me when I was little, Marianne, that's all you need to know.
Marianne Connolly: [sarcastically] How was he good to you, John? Did he take you trick-or-treating?
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Referenced in Someone Has to Review It!: Black Mass (2015) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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[actually written by James Pierpont (uncredited)]
Arranged by Frank De Vol
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Black Mass is a decent film, but it could have been great.
21 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Black Mass: A Near Miss

'Black Mass' is another is a line of crime dramas set in Boston. The film will inevitable be compared to 'The Departed.' And it falls short in the comparison. The acting is top rate, and Depp is much better, not as hammy, than the comic portrait of a crime boss by Nicholson in 'The Departed.' Depp is genuinely threatening in the film and the make-up job given him in the film adds to the fright.

'Black Mass' has the look of a 70s television show, and that works in its favor. In fact, the overall look of the film is exquisite. That, and the acting, are the two best things in the film. However, the movie is both too much and not enough.

'Black Mass' tries to cover too much and thus it lacks focus. This is where 'The Departed' succeeds. While 'The Departed' has many layers and character, it has a focus: the Southie, Billy. 'Black Mass' doesn't have a main theme, a main character, a main protagonist or antagonist. There are a bunch of characters in tense situations with some irony and symbolism. However, in the end, there is nothing to hold onto, no lessons, no emotions, love or hate, for any characters.

As I was watching, both my film buddy and I thought the same thing: Scorsese could have made this story work with his writing and directing. We also thought that in an era of long- form television that it could have made a great 10-20 episode show. Then it could have gone into depth about the childhood relationships between crime boss Bulger, his FBI friend Connolly and Whitey's brother, State Senator Billy Bulger.

As miniseries, it could have more deeply explored the racial tensions between the Irish and Italians with the African Americans stuck in the middle. It could have taken a deeper look into Boston politics and corruption, police corruption, and more. The miniseries could have also gone further into the Irish American funding of the IRA. As it was, it touched on each of those issues in an unsatisfactory fashion. If the film had taken a deeper look into any ONE of those themes, it would have made for a better movie.

Rating: Matinée

For the great look and outstanding acting, I suggest you see it on the big screen. Otherwise, wait for the miniseries. Hey, a man can dream.

Peace, Tex Shelters


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