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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh French ...
King Wolyoe
Skip Young ...
Rep. Jimmy Snipe
B.J. Mason ...
Roosevelt Berry


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 <genekim@concentric.net>

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A picture for our times. See more »


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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Did You Know?


The famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans appears in the film. Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street has been a venue for New Orleans jazz since 1961. See more »


Rheinhardt: I'm a survivor. Ain't that great?
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References Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965) See more »


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A powerful piece
11 August 2004 | by (Columbia, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with those who praise this film and realize that its not everyone's cup of tea. Although I appreciate the criticisms that some reviewers have leveled, it is wise to keep in mind that it is unfair to criticize a film 30+ years after its release through a contemporary lens. The sense of humor that some have found "lacking" is something that develops with the objectivity of lapsed time. During the late 1960's, many of us found little humor in the assassinations and general insanity that seemed to fill the political landscape. Like the previous reviewer, I, too, have been looking for this film for years and hope to see it on DVD one day soon. I found it to be a powerful piece.

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