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

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Brief 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."

Overall Ranking: 626 (Rank from 2014: # 30)

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Ratings Breakdown
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Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi88(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch79 - An unsettling account of crime in America.
Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 5

People Involved

  • Stephen Rakes (Bulger Extortion Victim)
  • James J. Bulger (Defendent)
  • Tommy Donahue (Son of Victim Michael Donahue)
  • David Boeri (WBUR Senior Reporter)
  • Joe Berlinger (Director)