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Black Mass (2015)

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The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.



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Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and a FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down theft Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. Written by Gusde

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Based on the true story of one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history See more »

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Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Pacto criminal  »


Box Office


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,635,037, 20 September 2015, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


In the 1960s, 28 West Broadway was the Transit Café, loansharking headquarters for the Killeen gang. By the 1970s, the place became Triple O's, named for the three O'Neil brothers who ran it. Ex-boxer Kevin Weeks worked there as a bouncer before joining the Bulger gang, and James 'Whitey' Bulger' held court upstairs. Local old-timers remember Triple O's as the safest place in the neighborhood, partly because the police station at D St. and Broadway was three blocks away. Everybody knew that if you started a fight at Triple O's, you didn't take it outside. That's one way the gang stayed under the radar for many years. The bar closed in 2011, and is now The Maiden, a casual restaurant. See more »


One report shown on screen refers to Newton High School. Newton, Massachusetts has had two high schools since 1960: Newton North and Newton South, although Newton High School was renamed Newton North High School in 1974. See more »


[first lines]
Kevin Weeks: Before we start, I want you to kow something. I'm not a rat. You understand? I want that on record before we start.
DEA Agent Eric Olsen: Okay. You are not a rat. And it's on record. Mr. Weeks, the charges against you, racketeering, extortion, kidnapping, and accomplice to murder, are very serious. Am I correct in stating that you are here today to make a deal with the federal government?
Kevin Weeks: Correct.
DEA Agent Eric Olsen: And am I correct in stating that you are going from trusted confidant to one of South Boston's most ...
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The Two Lonely People
Written by Carol Hall and Bill Evans
Performed by Bill Evans
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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9 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Crime boss is the name of the game. And there is no hero in this. No savior, and no happy tales at the end of the rainbow. This is blood and grit all the way through but it's not all in it. This movie shows the nature of man, a person, as we were shown the gradual change that happened to him as tragedies after tragedies happened to him, and thus show us the unraveling, the change that took him over through out the course of the movie.

There is the love of the father, love of a son, and love of a brother. This things are what held him to the ground. It's what held him to be sane in my opinion. And so in the end, we were shown what it is that made him what he is, but still, I would guess many is with me in this that this is no excuse, for the crimes, unforgivable and most unthinkable. In fact, it was in my impression that the character that Johny Depp played was a psychopath. I mean he was calm, and smiling and unsuspecting, till the second he pulls a gun on you. That's how I call those types, not that I've associated myself with those kinds, or so I think, you never know.

But since kids, I have got the sense that they were living in a rough neighborhood. And it is Brooklyn in the 70s and early 80s, so it seems justifiable to speculate that it is the kind of environment that would produce someone likely to be listed as FBI's most wanted list.

As I said, there is no hero in this, just pure truth, and as it usually is, with a changing society where leaders, us secretary attorney, and some dude that'd take over, there is always, without a doubt, change, either for the good or bad and this is what I have observed in this movie. A change of leader, made this criminal group more deadly, but also, due to that same reason, that same group, meet an ugly decline. And since this is a society, that caters the good, I must say that it'd produce well, outstanding law enforcing, disciplined citizens, and as time goes by, ruthless, evil groups get disinfected. It's not really that black and white but what I mean is pretty simple.

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