United States of America V. James J. Bulger

DVD - 2014
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A sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within the nation's law enforcement and legal systems.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523 WHITEY 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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The takeaway from WHITEY is an obvious but important one: the United States Government is willing to collaborate with criminals and butchers to achieve strategic objectives. In this case taking out the Boston area Cosa Nostra. We do it overseas -- working with the rich Gulf emirates who at the same time fund global jihad -- so why not at home? Whitey Bulger was mid-level tough Irish muscle before being made a king by the FBI. Our tax dollars hard at work.

Apr 29, 2016

I couldn't even finish this, beyond annoying and riddled with so much "he said, she said" nonsense. This felt less like a documentary, and more like an opportunity to play the blame game. He says this, government says that, way too all over the place. I still don't understand who is more guilty. Skip this, maybe the newer version of his movie will be better.

Apr 16, 2016

this is one of those pathetic movies where everyone wants to blame the government. whitey admitted to murder and other assorted crimes but he wants to blame the government. Is it really the government or individuals in the government who go bad? bulger is where he belongs and he gets off easy

jpozenel Jan 01, 2016

Even if this had been a 4 hour movie it probably couldn't have given me a clear understanding of who did what and/or who was responsible. It was just an endless parade of people lying to one extent or another to protect themselves. That is one jury that I wouldn't have wanted to be any part of.

KittyMoonshine Oct 03, 2015

I do not see how anyone was convicted in this case. Perhaps, if I read the court transcripts myself, because this film was all over the place. This man seems to only have become notorious after he was captured, before then, how many people actually heard of Bulger? The comments from the victims families,who it seems were involved in or with criminals, cops, FBI, everyone claims innocence. Maybe that is the way it seems because the film is rather muddled. Perhaps the Hollywood version will be more entertaining.

JEJUENG Aug 18, 2015


teddypawz Mar 15, 2015

How this was arranged, in my opinion, was horrible. If you can eventually put the "facts" together, it is still confusing.

real_thing Feb 07, 2015


Dec 13, 2014

I thought this was fascinating. I went into it knowing a little bit about Bulger, fully expecting to see a film about an organized crime boss and the atrocities he committed. What I did not expect was to see how he was enabled and protected by the FBI and other policing forces. This film is not really the story of Whitey Bulger but the story of government corruption. If you like Boardwalk Empire you will enjoy this film.

Dec 09, 2014

Generally, when a film is endorsed (see dvd case) by numerous film festivals, there's a pretty good chance it'll be worth watching. Not this time. It lagged and dragged it's way through whatever story it was attempting to tell. I think some narrative would have been a wiser choice. As is, there's not a lot of cohesion here and while many may have heard the name Whitey Bulger, a bit of background to lay the foundation is essential. A real disappointment.


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