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White Boy Rick (2018)

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The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

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Yann Demange
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Richard Wershe Sr.
Richie Merritt ... Rick Wershe Jr.
Bel Powley ... Dawn Wershe
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... FBI Agent Snyder
Brian Tyree Henry ... Detective Jackson
Rory Cochrane ... FBI Agent Byrd
RJ Cyler ... Rudell 'Boo' Curry
Jonathan Majors ... Johnny 'Lil Man' Curry
Eddie Marsan ... Art Derrick
Taylour Paige Taylour Paige ... Cathy Volsan-Curry
Bruce Dern ... Grandpa Roman 'Ray' Wershe
Piper Laurie ... Grandma Verna Wershe
Raekwon Haynes Raekwon Haynes ... Edwin 'Nugg' Crutcher
Ishmael Ali Ishmael Ali ... 'Freaky Steve' Roussell (as Ishmael 'Ishdarr' Ali)
James Howard ... Chief Homicide Inspector Hill
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Storyline

The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hustler. Informant. Kingpin. Legend.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content, violence, some sexual references, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Boy Rick See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,860,431, 16 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,738,547, 24 September 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This script was a favorite on the 2015 Blacklist, an annual list of the year's most liked unproduced scripts. See more »

Goofs

The bulk of this story is set in the early / mid '80s. However, Wershe Sr. tells his son that he is seeing someone about a "40 Cal". The .40 S&W cartridge debuted January 17, 1990. See more »


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Planet Rock
Written by Afrika Bambaataa (as Aasim Bey Bambaataa), Emil Schult, Ralf Hütter (as Ralf Huetter), Arthur Baker, Mr. Biggs (as Ellis Williams), M.C. Globe (as John Miller), John Robie, and Robert Allen
Performed by Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force (as The Soul Sonic Force)
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music, LLC
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro (UK), Kling Klang Musik Gmbh, and Publisher(s) Unknown
Published by 1982 Bambaataa Music (BMI) / Downtown DMP Songs (BMI) / DTCM Blvd (BMI) / Shakin Baker Music Inc. (BMI) / Indulgent Music (BMI) / Behind the Ropes Entertainment LLC (BMI)
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Great Flick But Not For Idealists
3 September 2018 | by jamesptierneySee all my reviews

The ironies in drug enforcement provide the sub-text for this excellent film. The FBI uses a 15-year-old kid as an informant to make arrests and seize cocaine brought into this country with the help of the Detroit PD and members of the mayor's family. Rick is merely a pawn in the chessboard of life in which he was destined to either get killed or go to jail. Because I saw the trailer, I was not surprised by the ending, But that's what attracted me in the first place. Enjoy!


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