Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Joe Berlinger
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  6 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

I don't know.

Sick to my stomach now,

I can only imagine

when I get in there.

Prosecutors describe

James Whitey Bulger as the center

of mayhem and murder in Boston

for 30 years,

as the boss of Boston's

notorious Winter Hill Gang.

A man so dangerous that he

joined Osama Bin Laden

at the top of the FBI's

Most Wanted list.

It was the gang that ran amok. You

have people who were being extorted,

who talked of having shotgun

barrels stuck in their mouths,

of machine guns

pointed at their groin.

Body bags shown them

before Bulger shakes them down.

It was absolute terror.

Back then, 70s, 80s, people

were missing every day, bang.

He didn't come home,

he's a dead man.

They're never going to find him.

Brian Howell. Dead.

Michael Donahue. Dead.

Bodies were being,

left and right.

And were all involved

in this circle of shit

in South Boston.

And you have a fascination

with Whitey Bulger

as a Robin Hood figure, this elusive,

Houdini-like crime boss,

whose younger brother, Bill Bulger,

was Senate President,

the most powerful

politician in Massachusetts.

All this stuff that was sort of

magical about him

that made him seem

beyond the reach of law enforcement.

There were over 25 years

where James Bulger ruled

the organized crime world.

He was never charged

with even a misdemeanor.

The Department of Justice

did nothing to prosecute him.

Whitey was the guy

that got away. Whitey was the guy

out in the wind, thumbing his nose,

"Ha-ha, I won," for years.

So today is huge. I mean,

I think that, you know, what...

There's so many people who never

thought this day would ever happen.

James Whitey Bulger fled Boston

in late 1994, as federal agents

were about to arrest him

in connection with 19 killings,

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