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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

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:

$24,011,188, 8 November 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

During the last week of principal photography in Cleveland, production was briefly halted on two separate occasions due to exchanges of gunfire in neighborhoods near the set. 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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Soundtracks

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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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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