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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

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine - La vera storia di 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

Though he's never seen in the film, a Detroit Police officer, named Gil Hill, is mentioned a couple of times during the course of the events leading up to the trial. This was the same Gil Hill who would become famous as Inspector Todd, Axel Foley's boss in the Beverly Hills Cop movies. Following his retirement from the Detroit Police Department, he went into politics as a Detroit City Councilman, and later, President of the Detroit City Council. During his time as a police officer, he was involved in the "White Boy Rick" case. See more »

Goofs

When Rick and friends find the rats and open fire on them, Boo gets blood splatter on his clothes and face. In the first couple of shots, there's a large spot on his cheek; in the next, the large spot is gone and the blood is more spread out. 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

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: White Boy Rick/A Simple Favor (2018) See more »

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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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