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WUSA (1970)

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Paul Newman served as co-producer of this allegorical drama and stars as Rheinhardt, a opportunistic drifter who ends up in New Orleans and hits up his old friend Farley (Laurence Harvey), a con man-turned-phony preacher, for a job. Farley is able to get Rheinhardt hired on as an announcer at a local radio station, WUSA, but the station is a right-wing propaganda mill that devotes its air time to venomous tirades against political and social progress. Rheinhardt is happy to be making decent money, and he makes the friendly acquaintance of a local working girl, Geraldine (Joanne Woodward), so he refuses to look his gift horse in the mouth. However, when he finds out that WUSA is actually involved in shadowy political actions, he is at a loss for what to do, especially after a naïve and troubled social worker (Anthony Perkins) is tricked into starting a race riot. Robert Stone wrote the screenplay, adapted from his novel A Hall of Mirrors.

Cast

Paul Newman
as Rheinhardt
Joanne Woodward
as Geraldine
Pat Hingle
as Bingamon
Cloris Leachman
as Philomene
Don Gordon
as Bogdanovich
Moses Gunn
as Clotho
Bruce Cabot
as King Wolyoe
B.J. Mason
as Roosevelt Berry
Wayne Rogers
as Calvin Minter
Hal Baylor
as Shorty
Jim Boles
as Hot Dog Vendor
Diane Ladd
as Barmaid at Railroad Station
Sahdji
as Hollywood
Skip Young
as Jimmy Snipe
Tol Avery
as Senator
Paul Hampton
as Rusty Fargo
Jerry Catron
as Sidewinder Bates
Susan Batson
as Teenaged Girl
Zara Cully
as White-Haired Woman
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Critic Reviews for WUSA

All Critics (3)

It's too bad that the execution of this Paul Newman starring film is so poor for it raises some interesting social and political issues

May 31, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

...serves as a nostalgia-inducing oddity, a kind of scrapbook of American sensibility at the end of the 1960s, a time when there really were people ... who believed we were on the brink of revolution

March 4, 2011 | Rating: 83/100 | Full Review…

... the film hammers home its politics with blunt force yet leaves the conspiracy drama vague, more symbolic gesture of outrage than convincing plot.

February 13, 2011 | Full Review…

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