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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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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 ... 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

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers.

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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:

$24,011,188, 8 November 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Rick Sr. Is seen watching the movie Serpico, who worked undercover. Rick Jr was an FBI informant who also worked undercover. The big difference was Officer Frank Serprico was not an "Informant". Serprico worked undercover as an NYPD officer. His extraordinary work led to the Knapp Commission, exposing widespread police corruption. See more »

Goofs

Rick offers his friend a "soda", but in Detroit, carbonated beverages are called "pop". See more »

Quotes

Richard Wershe Sr.: [From Trailer] When I first saw you I knew you were going to be bigger than me.
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Up in Here
Written by James Alexander, Larry Charles Dodson, Michael Edward Beard, Franklin C. Thompson, Winston Allen Stewart, Lloyd Ed Smith, Harvey Joe Henderson (as Harry Fisher Henderson), Mark Bynum, Sherman Guy, and Charles Leonard Allen
Performed by The Bar-Kays
Courtesy of Island Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Barkay Music (BMI)
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Pleasantly Surprised..
13 September 2018 | by stephanie-jones21See all my reviews

White Boy Rick: This is a true story based in the 80's about a 15-year-old, Rick Wershe Jr, who worked as an undercover FBI informant. I hadn't read up on this story, because I wanted to watch the movie not knowing any details. I was pleasantly surprised. This movie was not what I was expecting. I went in thinking it would be a Pablo Escobar kinda movie, but it was not. It's about a teenager trying to figure out how to survive living in a low income part of Detroit. It was heart wrenching, and even had some very funny parts. It also had some parts that made you shake your head and say, "what is he thinking?" In my opinion, it's definitely worth the watch. Also, I was completely blown away by Richie Merritt's performance. Especially since this was the first time he's acted, ever.


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