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.
Classics , Drama
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Paramount Pictures


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

Full Review… | May 30, 2011

...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

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2011
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Audience Reviews for WUSA

This film's only merits are capturing late 60's New Orleans and watching Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The film itself is heavy-handed and dated.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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