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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.


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


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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Based on the true story. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The DVD version includes a special feature, Trivia Track. It is actually a feature that starts the entire movie along with trivia comments as it plays much like a director's commentary instead of having audio comments playing. See more »


Richard Sr tells Ritchie to go inside, he got a cool ''Glock'' --This was in '1985' - Glocks were not Available in US market until after 1986 and then quite rare. See more »


Richard Wershe Sr.: [From Trailer] When I first saw you I knew you were going to be bigger than me.
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Written by Sal Principato (as Salvatore Principato) (BMI), Jeffrey Hartley (BMI), Richard McGuire (BMI), Dennis Young (BMI)
Performed by Liquid Liquid
Courtesy of Mo'Wax Recordings/A&M Records Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Liquid Liquid Publishing (BMI) administered by Domino Publishing Company of America Inc. (BMI)
Licensing courtesy of Domino Publishing Company of America Inc.
Licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Ltd
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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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Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,860,431, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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