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Year: 2018

Original Title: White Boy Rick

Country: USA

Length: 111 minutes

Genre: Crime, Drama

Studios: Protozoa Pictures, Studio 8

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Suitable only for 15 years and over

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: December 07 2018

United States: September 14 2018


Ranking: 542 out of 14,666 movies (up 363)


6.5 by 4 media


'White Boy Rick' is showing in 2 theaters across the UK today. View Full Listings


'White Boy Rick' is based on a true story, following Richard Wershe Jr, a teenager who became an informant for the FBI during 80's. The young man ended up being arrested for drug-trafficking and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. The film dictates Wershe Jr's real story, the criminal is now actually forty seven years old, but was imprisoned when he was just seventeen years old. After ending his work with the FBI, Richard Worse Junior was found with six hundred and fifty grams of cocaine. The film is directed by Yann Demange ('Top Boy'), written by Miller brothers, Logan and Noah, ('Touching Home', 'Sweetwater') and stars by Matthew McConaughey ('Dallas Buyers Club'), Jennifer Jason Leigh ('The Hateful Eight'), Bruce Dern ('Nebraska'), Bel Powley ('A Royal Night Out') and Rory Cochrane ('Argo').


Cast White Boy Rick

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Richard Wershe Sr.

Richie Merritt

Richie Merritt

Rick Wershe Jr.

Bel Powley

Bel Powley

Dawn Wershe

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Agent Snyder

Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry

Detective Jackson

Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane

Agent Byrd



Trivia White Boy Rick

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. Matthew McConaughey and Rory Cochrane once starred together in 1993's 'Dazed and Confused'. Richie Merritt had apparently never heard of Matthew McConaughey and was oblivious to his A-list celebrity status when he agreed to do the film.