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Victim's Wife Questions Whether 'Black Mass' Glorifies Whitey Bulger

BOSTON (CBS) - The trailers have been as mean and menacing as the man. Now the movie about Boston's most infamous mobster is ready to open.

Black Mass is the story of James "Whitey" Bulger's reign of terror. Johnny Depp stars as Bulger.

Director Scott Cooper offers as much a portrait of Boston 1970's FBI and Whitey Bulger's agent-pal John Connolly as he does the notorious crime boss himself, in all Johnny Depp's creepy make-up glory.

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Johnny Depp at Venice Premiere (L) and as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. (R) (WBZ-TV)

The movie shows Mike Donahue gunned down as he drove in a car with an intended target. "I'm definitely not going to watch it or go see it," Patricia Donahue says. "I don't want to see a reenactment of my husband being killed."

Donahue didn't appreciate producers not contacting victims' families when filming during the trial, but hopes the public will see Bulger for the psychopathic killer he is, "And not this nice guy, this Robin Hood as they had portrayed at one point."

WBZ-TV's Christina Hager, watched the film Monday, and says even a tough local audience will find the Southie accents authentic.

Scenes show a more human side of Bulger, helping an elderly woman with groceries, mourning the deaths of his young son and mother. His brother Billy Bulger is shown as loyal to the gangster behind closed doors, distant in public. And the woman who lived on the lam with Whitey for 16 years, Catherine Greig, does not make the final cut.

There are scenes from South Boston throughout the movie and in the end, credits roll over real crime scene photos and surveillance video.

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