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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 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:

Witness the rise of America's youngest hustler, dealer, kingpin, informant, legend. See more »

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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Trivia

Richie Merritt had apparently never heard of Matthew McConaughey and was oblivious to his A-list celebrity status when he agreed to do the film. 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 »

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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Connections

References Hardbodies (1984) See more »

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Written by Eric B. (as Eric Barrier) and Rakim (as William Griffin)
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Courtesy of Island Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Universal - Songs of Polygram International, Inc. on behalf of itself and Robert Hill Music (BMI)
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Not That Bad.
22 September 2018 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

White Boy Rick is the cinematic equivalent of Sloppy Joes. It tastes good, but it never coalesces into something satisfying, with a solid base of support to keep it together. White Boy Rick has all the ingredients of a great film. A stellar all-star cast, excellent cinematography, razor-sharp editing and a story that keeps you invested the entire time. But something seems missing. For one, some of the story seems rushed to get to the more interesting aspects, without properly explaining how we get there. For example, how did the FBI hone into Rick and his father for an FBI investigation? The agents just appear in the beginning, and we're supposed to roll with it. Now you understand why I compared it to Sloppy Joes. The exposition, at times, is pretty sloppy. But fortunately, never once did that take me out of the film. White Boy Rick is a thoroughly good time at the movies. The performances, notably from McConaughey, are top notch. White Boy Rick himself garners sympathy as a lost soul, and that's important to clarify. Some people might write this off as a run-of-the-mill crime thriller biting off "The Wire". If I was so inclined to be jaded, maybe I'd agree. But always give things the benefit of the doubt. Give it a watch?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$24,011,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,957,482
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2.39 : 1
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