White Boy Rick is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by Yann Demange.

Official trailers

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday, June 04, 2018 released the trailer:
WHITE BOY RICK - Official Trailer (HD).

Story intro

Rick Wershe is a struggling single father living in 1980s Detroit during the height of the crack epidemic and war on drugs. His dissatisfied daughter, Dawn, leaves their home, leaving Rick alone with his son, Ricky. Rick manufactures gun parts and sells guns illegally to make ends meet. He involves his son in a sale of silenced AK-47s with local gangster, Johnny Curry. Ricky forms a bond with Johnny's son, Boo. The two become good friends which earns the favor of Johnny and his crew. News of Rick's activity attracts attention from the FBI and soon, two agents, Alex Snyder and Frank Byrd, come to his home to question him. They see his son as a potential asset due to his connections with the criminal underworld. They convince Ricky to become an undercover drug informant behind his father's back in exchange for money and immunity for his father. His involvement goes deeper as they ask him to sell drugs to keep up appearances. Ricky is captivated by the his new extravagant lifestyle. He eventually gains enough credibility to be considered a "legitimate" drug supplier. Rick becomes suspicious of his son, and finds thousands of dollars in illicit cash underneath his bed. He confronts Ricky which causes a rift between them. While Ricky is meeting with Dawn at a diner one evening, his grandfather's car is stolen. The two go outside and open fire on the fleeing car, but are arrested. They are bailed out by Ricky's handlers. This arouses suspicion from Johnny. At a party following a boxing match in Las Vegas, Johnny beats his rival, Leon Lucas, within an inch of his life with a bottle of champagne. Afterwards, he orders a drive-by at Lucas' home, killing one of his young sons. Ricky learns that the weapons used were the same AK-47s he sold to Johnny at the start of the film. Devastated by his involvement in the murder of a child, he keeps a low profile and mends his relationship with his father. Suspecting Ricky to be an informant, Johnny sends Nugg to his house, who shoots him in the stomach. While at the hospital, Snyder informs Ricky that they have enough to raid all of Johnny's safe houses. She asks Ricky to forget about the shooting in exchange for dropping all charges on his father.


Matthew McConaughey
Richard Wershe Sr
Richie Merritt
Richard Wershe Jr
Bel Powley
Dawn Wershe
Jennifer Jason Leigh
FBI Agent Alex Snyder
Brian Tyree Henry
Officer Mel "Roach" Jackson
Rory Cochrane
FBI Agent Frank 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
Leo "Big Man" Curry
Danny Brown
Edward "Black Ed" Hanserd
Steven "Freaky Steve" Roussell"
Kyanna Simone Simpson
Brenda Moore
Kwon Haynes
Edwin "Nug" Crutcher


Principal photography began on March 14, 2017.

The film White Boy Rick was scheduled to be released on August 31, 2018 (Telluride), on September 14, 2018 (United States), on December 7, 2018 (United Kingdom) and on March 7, 2019 (Germany) by Columbia Pictures, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 111 minutes. With a budget of $29 million, the film grossed over $26 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


White Boy Rick got average rating from critics. But the audience likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website: whiteboyrick.movie

Wikipedia: White Boy Rick

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