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Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

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A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

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Joe Berlinger
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rakes Stephen Rakes ... Himself - Bulger Extortion Victim
James 'Whitey' Bulger ... Himself - Defendant
Tommy Donahue Tommy Donahue ... Himself - Son of Victim Michael Donahue
David Boeri ... Himself - WBUR Senior Reporter
Steve Davis Steve Davis ... Himself - Brother of Victim Debra Davis
Dick Lehr Dick Lehr ... Himself - Author / Journalist
Shelley Murphy Shelley Murphy ... Herself - Boston Globe Reporter
Patricia Donahue Patricia Donahue ... Herself - Wife of Victim Michael Donahue
J.W. Carney Jr. J.W. Carney Jr. ... Himself - Bulger Defense Attorney (voice)
Kevin Cullen Kevin Cullen ... Himself - Boston Globe Coulmnist
Kevin Weeks Kevin Weeks ... Himself - Former Member, Winter Hill Gang
Bob Long Bob Long ... Himself - Det. Liut. Inspector, Massachusetts State Police, Retired
T.J. English T.J. English ... Himself - Author / Journalist
Angela Clemente Angela Clemente ... Herself - Forensic Intelligence Analyst
Bob Fitzpatrick Bob Fitzpatrick ... Himself - Former FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC)
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WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger captures the sensational trial of infamous gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with Federal Prosecutors, retired FBI and State Police, victims, lawyers, gangsters and journalists, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger examines Bulger's relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire in Boston for decades. Pulling back the curtain on long-held Bulger mythology, the film challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking, new allegations. With unprecedented access, Berlinger's latest crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice. Written by Anonymous

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The FBI thought they had him. It was the other way around.


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Rated R for language and some crime scene images | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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USA vs. Gangsteren Whitey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,287, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,644, 15 August 2014
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CNN Films,RadicalMedia See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Targeted at DEPARTED fanboys
19 December 2014 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

UNDISPUTED FACT #1: After 16 years at large and 12 years on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, "Whitey" James J. Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California, on June 22, 2011.

UNDISPUTED FACT #2: Bulger is a murderer and drug-dealer.

ALLEGATION #1: Bulger was actually not an informant, but that people are out there trying to sully his reputation as being a "classy bad guy".

ALLEGATION #2: There is corruption involving this investigation and trial within the highest levels of law enforcement.

This film chooses to focus on the allegations, not the facts. "Journalistically jumbled", to quote the spot-on statement from John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter. Wouldn't it be far more interesting and useful to examine how this proved killer/drug-dealer avoided capture for such an astonishing length of time? Book-ended by Stephen Rakes' interview, which seems tragically fitting; but otherwise, this documentary just seems like overlong tabloid blah. WHITEY is merely a documentary targeted at DEPARTED fanboys.

** (out of four)


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