Quick note: I hadn’t seen “The Departed” until last night. Not sure why I waited so long. The best movie I’ve seen in years. Put it at the top of your cue.
Those who have seen it might not be aware how much is based on true Boston history. Jack Nicholson’s character is based on Whitey Bulger, who is still on the lam. He really did have a mole in the FBI, John Connolly, currently serving time in federal prison.
And for the only-in-Boston side to the story: Whitey’s brother, William Bulger, served as president of the Massachusetts State Senate and as president of UMASS-Amherst. Scorsese left that part out of the film, probably because no one would believe it.