WUSA clearly means to be a big, steaming slice of America 70’s style, a vivid anti-fascism in America melodrama in the tradition of All The King’s Men and A Face in the Crowd. Unfortunately, due to Robert Stone’s wildly slanted script, Stuart Rosenberg’s gaudy direction, and a cast of characters which includes both a heart of gold whore and a crippled newsdealer, what emerges is considerably less distinguished: another big-budget, hate the South movie reminiscent of Sweet Bird of Youth and The Chase.

December 1, 1970

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