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Black Mass

Starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson
Screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth
Based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill
Directed by Scott Cooper

IN SHORT: nnn. [Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use. minutes]

[[While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.]]


In 1975, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) makes a deal with notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp); Bulger will supply information that will allow the FBI to bust up and destroy Italian mafiosa attempts to form a beachhead in North Boston. Bulger is not only defending South Boston's Irish against the Italians. He is also engineering legal protection that will allow him to build his own criminal organization to control Boston's South End -- loansharking, gambling on fixed jai-alai matches in Florida, drug infiltration into local schools. All-American crime.

The ironic fact is that Whitey's brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) seems vaguely aware of his brother's actions; but mainly as the "he's on our side" part of the equation of the FBI's attacks on the Italian mob, trying to get its hooks into Boston's North side.;

Steve Flemmi, Whitey's closest partner in crime (Rory Cochrane) crosses the line when it is [discovered] that his young mistress, is also his own stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey (Juno Temple). It is immoral behavior (sic) that cannot be tolerated and Flemmi is executed.

Whitey's main henchman, Kevin Weeks (Jesse Plemons) FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGuire (Kevin Bacon)

Bulger hit man Johnny Martorano (W. Earl Brown) FBI Agent John Morris (David Harbour), who is complicit in the deal between Bulger and Connolly

Whitey's former girlfriend is the mother of his only child, Lindsey Cyr (Dakota Johnson). Offscreen the child contracts what Lyndsey assumes is the flu. It isn't. The child dies. Somewhat later the only other important woman in Whitey's life, his mother[()] dies. Thus ends any moral control over the man.

John Connolly's wife, Marianne (Julianne Nicholson)

federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak (Corey Stoll) ;Brian Halloran (Peter Sarsgaard) ; FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick (Adam Scott);

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Black Mass, he would have paid . . .


For the lifeof me, I don't understand and can't explain the title of the film. If there is an explanation in the film, it passes by so quickly I missed it.

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