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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

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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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

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

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

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Apache (Scratch Mix)
Written by Jerry Lorden (as Jeremiah Lordan)
Performed by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band (as Incredible Bongo Band)
Licensed from Mr. Bongo Worldwide Ltd
Published by Regent Music Corp. (BMI)
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Well alright, alright, alright.
17 September 2018 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

This film was just alright. Its pace was way too slow and the writing was sloppy and all over the place. But what do you expect when the writers only have TV series experience and suddenly have to fill 110 mins in their first full length feature film.

Director Yann Demange also has limited directing experience only having directed '71, of which he did a great job, as he also did in this film.

Had the acting not been as good as it was from the lead cast, this film would have been a flop, although I feel Richie Merritt's character should have been played by a more seasoned actor with some personality. Perhaps the producers where more interested in upholding the real life Rick Wershe Jr.'s personality. However, Bel Powley as Rick Jr.'s sister nailed her roll.

Nevertheless, even with the overly slow pace and lack of thrilling scenes, still an interesting and enjoyable film based on a true story. It's a 7/10 from me.


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