Quiz Show

Closed Capationed Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow & John Turturro Director: Robert Redford  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
Fifty million people watched but no one saw a thing.
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VHS Details

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Hollywood Pictures Home Video

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This vigorously entertaining film, sharply directed by Robert Redford from Paul Attanasio's brilliant screenplay, is based on the game-show scandals of the 1950s, when TV quiz shows were rigged to attract higher ratings and lucrative sponsorships. The fact-based story focuses on the quiz show Twenty-One and popular contestant Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a charming, well-bred intellectual who agreed to win the game by using answers supplied by the show's producers. This unfair advantage turned Van Doren into a prototypical media darling at the expense of reigning Twenty-One champion Herbie Stempel (John Turturro, in a bravura performance), a working-class Jewish contestant who, according to the show's sponsors, had worn out his welcome in the public eye. When a congressional investigator (Rob Morrow) catches on to the scam and Stempel blows the whistle on this backstage manipulation, Quiz Show becomes a smart, political exposé about the first generation of television, the corrupting effect of celebrity and success, and the ongoing loss of innocence in American society. Bristling with superior dialogue and energized by an excellent cast including Paul Scofield as Van Doren's morally upstanding father, Quiz Show succeeds as history lesson, intelligent thriller, and morality tale, setting the stage for the countless scandals that would follow in a nation addicted to television. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Sales Rank: 30,195
  • UPC: 765362558032
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