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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

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

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This script was a favorite on the 2015 Blacklist, an annual list of the year's most liked unproduced scripts. 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 »

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Johnny 'Lil Man' Curry: [after an arranged hit has gone wrong] Leon wasn't even in the motherfuckin' HOUSE!
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Don't Look Any Further
Written by Dennis Lambert (as Dennis Earle Lambert), Franne Golde (as Francine Vicki Golde), and Duane Hitchings (as Duane S. Hitchings)
Performed by Dennis Edwards
Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
By arrangement with BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Published by BMG Platinum Songs on behalf of VMG Worldwide
Published by EMI Full Keel Music and Publisher(s) Unknown
Published by Universal Music - Careers (BMI)
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Well alright, alright, alright.
17 September 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee 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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