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Black Mass Movie Quotes

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Black Mass movie quotes tell the story of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and his infamous alliance with the FBI in the 1970s and 1980s. The crime drama was adapted into a film by Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk from the book of the same name by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. Scott Cooper directed Black Mass, which opened in theaters on September 18, 2015.

In Black Mass, the Bulger family, prominent across Massachusetts in the 1970s and 1980s, is introduced. Billy Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) was the most influential politician in the state as President of the Massachusetts Senate, while his brother James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) was on his way to leading the Winter Hill Gang, responsible for much of the organized crime in and around Boston.

While Whitey makes it well known that he doesn't appreciate rats, he himself strikes up an agreement with childhood friend and FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and begins manipulating the FBI to take out his rivals. The aftermath of this so-called alliance, leading to one of the biggest scandals in FBI history, is examined in this biographical film.

Co-starring Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll and Peter Sarsgaard, among others, Black Mass opens in theaters alongside the likes of Everest, The Perfect Guy, The Visit and Before We Go.
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    You Always Had a Choice

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    Whitey Bulger: You listen good cause I'm only going to say this once. I've known you a long time. Now I need to know exactly who you've talked to and exactly what you said.
    Brian Halloran: I'm sorry, Jimmy.
    Whitey Bulger: Do you know what I do to rats?
    Brian Halloran: I had no choice.
    Whitey Bulger: You always had a choice. You just happen to make the wrong one.

    Whitey lectures Brian Halloran on talking to the feds, though Whitey himself does the same, essentially. As Brian explains, he had no choice, something else Whitey sees as quite the different situation.
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    The Feds Fight Our Wars

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    Steve Flemmi: You're an informant for the FBI?
    Whitey Bulger: It's a business opportunity. The feds fight our wars and we do whatever we want to do.

    Steve Flemmi confronts Whitey Bulger about his decision to work with the FBI as an informant. Whitey sees the situation differently, especially as he's getting the FBI to take down his rivals.
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    I Need to Know Everything You Know

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    FBI Agent: I need to know everything you know about the Winter Hill Gang and specifically what you know about your former boss and now fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger.
    Kevin Weeks: Well, let's start. In the beginning, Jim was a small town player. He's a very smart and disciplined man then the next thing you know he's a damn kingpin. You know why? Cause the FBI let it happen.

    When Kevin Weeks, longtime friend of Whitey Bulger, begins cooperating with the FBI, he wastes no time in telling the agent the full story of the mobster. Weeks, however, doesn't see Bulger as the one at fault, rather blames the FBI for allowing the situation to happen. He's not entirely wrong.
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    It's an Alliance

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    John Connolly: Your brother is in some very dark waters.
    Billy Bulger: Jimmy's business is Jimmy's business.
    John Connolly: We all need friends, even Jimmy, even you.
    John Connolly: I can help you, Jimmy, and you can help me. It's an alliance.

    John Connolly speaks to Senator Billy Bulger about Bulger's brother, Whitey. Billy believes Whitey is just fine but John, who disagrees, reaches out to Whitey to offer him a deal he can't refuse.
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