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Robert Stone (screenplay)
Robert Stone (novel)
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Release Date:
12 March 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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A radio station in the Deep South becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Blu-ray Release: Rollerball (1975)
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Blu-ray Release: Wusa
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DVD Release: King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
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  (in credits order)

Paul Newman ... Rheinhardt

Joanne Woodward ... Geraldine

Anthony Perkins ... Rainey

Laurence Harvey ... Farley

Pat Hingle ... Bingamon

Don Gordon ... Bogdanovich

Michael Anderson Jr. ... Marvin
Leigh French ... Girl

Bruce Cabot ... King Wolyoe

Cloris Leachman ... Philomene

Moses Gunn ... Clotho

Wayne Rogers ... Minter

Robert Quarry ... Noonan
Skip Young ... Rep. Jimmy Snipe
B.J. Mason ... Roosevelt Berry
Sahdji ... Hollywood
Geoff Edwards ... Irving - Disc Jockey
Hal Baylor ... Shorty

Clifton James ... Speed - Sailor in Bar
Tol Avery ... Senator
Paul Hampton ... Rusty Fargo
Jerry Catron ... Sidewinder Bates
Geraldine West ... First Matron (as Geraldine B. West)
Lucille Benson ... Second Matron
Susan Batson ... Teenage Girl

Zara Cully ... White Haired Woman
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (as The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristin Andersen ... Playboy Bunny (uncredited)
Jeff Barr ... Man at Political Rally (uncredited)
Jim Boles ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... (uncredited)

David Huddleston ... Heavy Man (uncredited)

Diane Ladd ... Barmaid at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Laird Stuart ... Bobby (uncredited)

Jesse Vint ... Young Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
Writing credits
Robert Stone (screenplay)

Robert Stone (novel "A Hall of Mirrors")

Produced by
John Foreman .... producer
Hank Moonjean .... associate producer
Paul Newman .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Richard Moore (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bob Wyman 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Philip Jefferies)
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Woodward
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Lorraine Roberson .... hairdresser
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist
Dee Manges .... body makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
Arthur S. Newman Jr. .... unit production manager (as Arthur Newman Jr.)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leslie Gorall .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director
Clancy Herne .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Anthony Bavero .... prop master (uncredited)
James F. Orendorff .... construction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound recordist
Richard Portman .... sound recordist
Terrance Emerson .... sound cable man (uncredited)
Bill Hank .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dean Hodges .... boom operator (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Banks .... gaffer (uncredited)
William N. Clark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Brown .... wardrobe: ladies
Bill Smith .... wardrobe: men
Nat Tolmach .... wardrobe: men
Music Department
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Al Mack .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
M. James Arnett .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Annabelle King .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence, drug and alcohol use, sexual content and nudity
115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 | UK:AA | USA:GP | USA:PG-13 (certificate #22300)
Filming Locations:

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:Americans - remember no matter what anyone says... we're OK! Only in America can a people say, "We're OK!" Now I want you to say that with me. "We're OK!" Say it with me. "We're OK!" Don't whisper it! Say it loud! "We're OK!" I want to feel it! "We're OK!"
[with comic irony]
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
American History and Oblivion, 18 February 2007
Author: fardarter from United States

As a relatively recent resident of the US, I continue to be astonished at how quickly American audiences forget their own history. I saw WUSA many years ago when I still lived in my native Italy (the Italian version was titled "Un Uomo Oggi" = "A Man Today"!). Two snippets of the film have been with me for all these years. The first is the radio host that invites all to drop what they are doing, go to the window, open it, and start screaming something like "I am fed up and I will no longer put up with this!" The second snippet is the last line delivered in the movie by the character interpreted by Paul Newman -- and I will not say what it says to avoid spoiling it. The themes are big and understandably audiences nowadays are impatient of 'dialog that sounds like speeches' (to quote an unfair reviewer on this site). The south, the issues of bigotry, racism, the Seventies, civic disobedience. At least the dialog has something to say, unlike so many films of the past 30 years. There is so much recent American history in this movie that it should be a mandatory assignment for college-age kids. Most people happily ignore its existence. Is there a way to convince anyone to make this piece available in DVD? It is too important to be neglected. No matter what Roger Greenspun says in his review appeared in the New York Times of November 2, 1970. In those days the Vietnam War coverage in the media made every single political reference seem like another opportunity for constipated American audiences to launch into yet one more conspiracy theory. And the Grenspun review blames WUSA for being 'ponderously allusive'. Maybe, with the hiatus of the past thirty-something years, the allusiveness will seem by now much less allusive and, who knows, we might enjoy this beautiful rendition of Robert Stone's novel. Besides the big issues, however, the movie is quite enjoyable. My vote of 8 only evaluates the viewing pleasure as entertainment.

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