Black Mass

Black Mass

DVD - 2016
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In 1970s South Boston, FBI agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.
Publisher: [United States] :, Warner Bros.,, 2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE BLAC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD
videodisc
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (circa 122 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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greatflicks
Apr 14, 2018

Wonderful movie, and Johnny Depp did a fine job. I have not liked him in several movies but this time he was great. Interesting to learn a bit about history and the Rico act was a new law that the feds were using against the mafia.

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ba_library
Mar 16, 2018

I did not even recognize Johnny Depp in this movie! He plays Whitey Bulger, the South Boston (Southie) gangster leader of the Winter Hill gang, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list for years. This film is about his relationship with an FBI undercover agent who recruited him as an informant. Whitey’s brother was a state (Mass.) politician and knew of Whitey’s activities. I recently borrowed The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese which is also about Whitey Bulger but has Leonardo DiCaprio playing an undercover cop with Southie connections who infiltrates Whitey’s mob. Watch both films if the subject interests you, you will still be left feeling was anyone not corrupt in South Boston at the time? Whitey was on the lam for a long time – did his criminal past finally catch up with him? Watch both films if you have the time.

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gingin1972
Feb 12, 2018

I thought it would be better with all the stars in the movie! It was a good movie but nothing great!

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Nooksack20
Feb 08, 2018

This is truly a gripping drama about a Boston gangster in an alliance with an old friend who is in the FBI. It is a gruesome tale of brutality and corruption. Interesting story which is well written and acted.

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JohnBigDaddyCool
Jan 09, 2018

I wonder when Johnny Depp will play a character without getting into any type of make-up? The story is alright because it is based on a real life character. I did twitch a few times when he really was evil incarnate. And that makes me give it a better rating than normal

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mr_chocolate
Nov 17, 2017

Wow! Based upon a book written about true life crime of the 1970's South Boston gangsters, with Johnny Depp playing the Irish leader, James "Whitey" Bulger. I could not tell it was Johnny Depp, even knowing that it was him playing the part!
This film was a well acted and directed hard hitting gangster film with feeling, not unlike the 1972 masterful film of, The Godfather or the 1990, The Goodfellas.
The eleven minute Special Feature looks at how Johnny Depp became James Bulger, using silicone prosthetics, eye contacts and talking to the people that new the real Whitey Bulger.

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nordicleather
Nov 09, 2017

Should have won an acedamy award for best actor. Wonderful. Riveting. It help to google some of characters, as the storey is a real life enactment of a complicated criminal name Whitey Bulgar. Much praise.

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JakeoftheSith
Apr 11, 2017

I was so mad when I finally got this movie after waiting for months for it only to have it not work due to some jerk carving a swastika into the disc!
Sad. I hope this move is good.

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redtayres
Jan 23, 2017

Black Mass told a true tale, one with which I was only vaguely familiar, and it left me desirous to learn more about the tale it told (and the man, Whitey Bulger).

When I was working towards my Masters degree a professor quoted some statistic indicating how prevalent psychopaths and sociopaths are in our society. This is a slice of the story of one such person and his interaction with law enforcement agencies with whom he worked (clandestinely) as an informer.

The story is of interest, the movie is well executed, the acting on point. An interesting movie; not a must-see.

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firefly5
Jan 21, 2017

Too much F in this movie. Did not watch.

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EuSei Feb 03, 2016

You can go through the entire movie without being told (his brother Billy) Bulger is a democratic senator... I'm sure the same thing would happen if the senator was a Republican!

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