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

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“Riveting! An eye-opener that at times doesn’t resemble a true crime doc as much as a first-rate James Ellroy adaptation.” – Drew Taylor, Playlist

“Compelling! It just may be one of the best true crime documentaries. Like Morris or Herzog, Berlinger has emerged as one of the great documentarians of the age.” – Jason Gorber, Twitch

“Joe Berlinger’s Whitey is a captivating, comprehensive look at the Whitey Bulger saga.” – Steve Green, Indiewire


From Academy Award-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger (the Paradise Lost trilogy) comes the shocking true crime story of infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Number 2 on America’s Most Wanted list after Osama Bin Laden, Bulger terrorized the city of Boston for years without ever being charged with so much as a misdemeanor. Bulger was a monster, murdering over a dozen known victims, but did the FBI and local law enforcement give his reign of terror over South Boston a free pass? With shocking, never-before-seen evidence and unprecedented access, filmmaker Joe Berlinger shines new light on this gripping, still-evolving case, utilizing the sensational trial against Bulger as a springboard to explore corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with retired FBI agents, Massachusetts state police, victims, lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and federal prosecutors, Berlinger scrutinizes Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice - an interaction that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire for decades. A mesmerizing and complex account of crime and corruption. Whitey relates a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, and deception and reveals the often-elusive nature of truth and justice. (Dir. by Joe Berlinger, 2014, USA, 120 mins., Not Rated, Magnolia Pictures) Digital



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