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Director:
Writers:
Robert Stone (screenplay)
Robert Stone (novel)
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Release Date:
12 March 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
Newman/Woodward 1970 See more »
Plot:
A radio station in the Deep South becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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Cast

  (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)
Big Willie Robinson III ... Street Racer protesters leader (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
Travilla 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence, drug and alcohol use, sexual content and nudity
Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:AA | USA:GP | USA:PG-13 (certificate #22300)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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]
Rheinhardt:Terrific!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Zodiac Killer (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An American Masterpiece, about to be released on DVD Dec 7, 2010, 11 September 2010
Author: dsgoorevitch from Canada

This one of my favorite movies of all time with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Antony Perkins, Cloris Leachman and Pat Hingle all at their best. Reinhart (Newman), a man who's washed up as a musician becomes a "communicator" at WUSA, a right-wing radio station in New Orleans. He is not an ideologue himself –not a Rush Limbaugh character– just an employee, a DJ– I think he reads the news. But the fact that he works there at all paints him a right winger to his antagonist played by Perkins. The film contains some of my favorite lines of dialog in film, like when Reinhart gets the job and Leachman is thrilled. "Yeah, just great. I'm part of a pattern in someone else's head." He's long past being thrilled.

There are two important and tense scenes between Perkins, a do-gooder who lacks the basic confidence that gets Newman shacked up within minutes of his arrival in New Orleans. In one of them, Perkins stutters through his outrage, wanting to know what's going on at WUSA. Newman coolly listens and responds acidly: "I understand your situation... because I too am a moralist." Perkins responds with a smirk and an "oh yeah, right" which Newman cuts off, "...but there IS a solution to your dilemma..." to which Perkins stammers "a-a-and w-w-w-what w-would that be Reinhart?" Newman's smile disappears and he responds with his thumbs down: "Drop dead." He repeats the line with all the rage and contempt he can muster, all his feelings so twisted inside him that he can barely function. The feelings Perkins needs to make him feel competent Newman has felt too and they have hollowed him out. Newman's not right wing. He's just beat. Dropped out. If you don't know that, you don't understand where Reinhart's coming from. He's a sleepwalking man but mostly he is as disappointed and disillusioned as a man can be. Unfortunately, the character played by Perkins is much better at retaining his illusions with tragic consequences.

This movie is about ideological exhaustion and the delusions of the ideologically pure, both left and right wing.

What is so good about WUSA for me is that it's the only time, other than Hud, when Newman was an actor first, a star second. And this one's the grittiest. The reason for its unpopularity is that it is uncompromisingly honest about a political situation which to some extent still exists today. It really comes down on neither side of the political divide or, to be more accurate, pretty gruesomely insults both, thus satisfying no one who expects a movie to be partisan. It's ironic that it's hated because it is a "message movie."

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