Film explores crimes of Bulger, complicity of FBI

Director Joe Berlinger (left) reviewed documents with ex-FBI agent Robert J. Fitzpatrick for the movie “Whitey.”
Director Joe Berlinger (left) reviewed documents with ex-FBI agent Robert J. Fitzpatrick for the movie “Whitey.”Daniel Wilson

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PARK CITY, Utah — The devil came to Sundance over the weekend.

“Whitey,” a new movie by documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, had its world premiere at the storied film festival in the Wasatch Mountains, and for two hours and 10 minutes a sold-out audience was held repelled and spellbound by a cast of characters Massachusetts natives know all too well and by the murderous crime lord who united them: James “Whitey” Bulger.

The full title of the film is “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” and its contentions are simple: that the full measure of the FBI’s complicity in Bulger’s reign of violence was not allowed to be brought out in court, and that history and US citizens will not be served until that happens.

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