Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

CNN Films’ documentary "WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" is a sweeping and revelatory cinema-verité film that follows this past summers’ trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, while exposing corruption within the highest levels of our nation’s law enforcement. Embedded for months with an incredible cast of characters – including FBI agents, victims’ families, defense lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and police officers – Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger examines how Bulger was empowered by the FBI and Department of Justice to reign over a criminal empire in South Boston for decades. Using the unfolding trial as the dramatic thread for the film, bringing together the main players in the Bulger story, the film will follow the extraordinary developments in the case and in the lives of the characters as they seek answers in a world of lies, violence, and distrust.

In this tense and sprawling narrative, it’s often impossible to judge the “good bad guys” from the “bad good guys,” as one-time heroes become compromised, would-be enemies make strange bedfellows, as the victims’ families show astonishing loyalty to the defense lawyers representing the man who killed their loved ones, and crusaders search for the truth the government continues to obscure. Pulling back the curtain with unprecedented access and detailing shocking allegations, "WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, as well as the sacrifice, hope and the enduring, if often futile, search for justice and truth.


Directed & Produced by
Joe Berlinger 
Produced by
Caroline Suh
Supervising Story Editor
Joshua L. Pearson
Executive Producers 
Sidney Beaumont
Jon Kamen 
Dave O'Connor
Justin Wilkes 
Supervising Producer, CNN Films
Courtney Sexton
Joshua L. Pearson 
Alex Horwitz
Executive Producers, CNN Films
Vinnie Malhotra
Amy Entelis 
Directors of Photography 
Robert Richman 
Etienne Sauret