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WUSA (1970)

A radio station in the Deep South becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Robert Stone (screenplay), Robert Stone (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 B.J. Mason ... Roosevelt Berry
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Hall of Mirrors See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This went into production as " Hall of Mirrors ". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Farley: First, the man took a drink, friends. Then the drink took a drink. Then the drink took the man. Now that could be the end of the story. But because there is a power greater than ours that man was able to raise himself up and walk again in the sunlight of grace. Dearly beloved, that young man was myself.
Rheinhardt: Amen!
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Alternate Versions

The preview version ran 3hrs and 10 minutes according to cast member Robert Quarry. Much of his character and several other characters' motivation and dramatic development scenes were cut out before release. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Glory Road
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Extremely Moving
16 December 2002 | by JulJoAnnicgraithSee all my reviews

Ok, first of all, I definately do not see why all of you don't like this movie!!! I absolutely loved it. I was mesmerized by Joanne Woodward performance....WOW! Paul Newman, I'll admit, wasn't at his greatest. Tony Perkins and Joanne Woodward, however, made up for it! And those scenes between Woodward and Newman! The chemistry that comes with being married (as they are in real life) just comes right through the scene!

Great movie! Very moving.


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