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WUSA (1970)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 March 1971 (Sweden)
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A radio station in the Deep South becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy.



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Rheinhardt, a cynical drifter, gets a job as an announcer for right-wing radio station WUSA in New Orleans. Rheinhardt is content to parrot WUSA's reactionary editorial stance on the air, even if he doesn't agree with it. Rheinhardt finds his cynical detachment challenged by a lady friend, Geraldine, and by Rainey, a neighbor and troubled idealist who becomes aware of WUSA's sinister, hidden purpose. And when events start spinning out of control, even Rheinhardt finds he must take a stand. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence, drug and alcohol use, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »




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12 March 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Hall of Mirrors  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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Farley: [putting on a facade as a preacher] Is there anything I can do for you, brother?
Rheinhardt: Yeah, Farley. You owe me fifty bucks.
Farley: Cool it, Rheinhardt!
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Misguided drama
16 July 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"WUSA" was a box office failure when it was released to theaters, was not resurrected that much on television, and it never got a home video release until recently. Seeing it, I think I can understand why there aren't that many people supporting the movie over the years. One big mistake the movie makes is with the radio station itself. It's supposed to be an influential and controversial radio station, but the movie seems very shy in showing it to us. It takes over a half hour from the beginning for Newman to start working for the radio station, and not once during the almost two hour running time do we actually get to HEAR the broadcasts that have both attracted an audience as well as people condemning it. The acting (particularly by Perkins) is good, and the movie is refreshingly downbeat, but overall I would only recommend the movie to those few viewers who are attracted to 1970s film cynicism - and even they might have issues with the movie.

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