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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 7, 1998
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Hollywood Pictures
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow & John Turturro|
|Performer:||David Paymer, Paul Scofield, Christopher McDonald, Hank Azaria, Elizabeth Wilson, Mira Sorvino, Allan Rich, Paul Guilfoyle, Griffin Dunne, Timothy Busfield, Michael Mantell, Ben Shenkman, Jack Gilpin, Bruce Altman, Jeffrey Nordling, Barry Levinson & Martin Scorsese|
|Directed by||Robert Redford|
|Edited by||Stu Linder|
|Screenwriting by||Paul Attanasio|
|Composition by||Mark Isham|
|Cinematography by||Michael Ballhaus|
|Produced by||Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik & Robert Redford|
|Executive Production by||Frederick Zollo & Richard Dreyfuss|
It is an urbane, witty, smartly acted, sometimes meandering picture. Full Review
Independent on Sunday
Rating: 5/5 -- Acutely observed, beautifully performed, lovingly directed media morality tale that resonates far beyond its 1950s setting. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Mr. Redford has made a rich, handsome, articulate film about a subject truly worth talking about.
New York Times
Rating: 5/5 -- Both dramatically and historically important with fine turns by Fiennes and Turturro, directed by Redford.
Rating: A -- This is an outstanding drama that provides an excellent opportunity for examining the way that people make moral choices.
Rating: 3.5/4 -- It's a blessedly old-fashioned, well-made and well-acted narrative... Full Review
What Redford is saying isn't new, but it has rarely been said in a mainstream movie with this kind of passion.
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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