Quiz Show PG-13

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Quiz Show
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 7, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I'm just trying to imagine what Kant would make of this."
  - Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes)
"I have flown too high on broken wings. Everything came too easy. That is why I am here today."
  - Charles Van Doren to a congressional committee

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 31,544
...Robert Redford has directed QUIZ SHOW as entertainment, history and challenge....[The screenplay] is smart, subtle and ruthless...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sep 16, 1994
...A thoughtful, absorbing drama about moral ambiguity and the affability of evil....Fiennes' ability to project the pain behind a well-mannered façade, to turn intellectual and emotional agony into a real and living thing, is devastating...
Los Angeles Times
Sep 16, 1994
Rating: 5/5 -- Both dramatically and historically important with fine turns by Fiennes and Turturro, directed by Redford.
Video-Reviewmaster.com
Mar 24, 2008
Rating: A -- This is an outstanding drama that provides an excellent opportunity for examining the way that people make moral choices.
Beliefnet
Nov 17, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- It's a blessedly old-fashioned, well-made and well-acted narrative... Full Review
TV Guide
Nov 8, 2007
It is an urbane, witty, smartly acted, sometimes meandering picture. Full Review
Independent on Sunday
Nov 30, 2017
...Redford's direction is fluid and self-effacing, and he draws fine performances from his cast...
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 1995

Product Description:

This acclaimed drama, directed by Robert Redford, tells the true story behind the quiz show scandal of 1959. Herbert Stempel (John Turturro), a disgruntled former champion, prompts a congressional investigation into the popular game show TWENTY-ONE with his charge that the current champion, Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a handsome professor who has become a celebrity, has been provided with answers by the producers. Rob Morrow stars as Dick Goodwin, the investigator on the case and the author of the book that inspired the film.

Plot Synopsis:

Based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin, this Robert Redford film tells the true story behind the great quiz show scandal of 1959. As television becomes more popular throughout the 1950s, quiz shows follow suit, attracting compulsive viewers who cheer for the brilliant, intellectual contestants--America's best and brightest. Herbert Stempel (John Turturro) may be unattractive and abrasive, but in 1959 he is the reigning champion of the game show TWENTY-ONE. When ratings begin to slip, the network decides that it's time to bring in a more appealing champion and bribes Stempel to answer incorrectly and purposely lose to Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a handsome WASP professor who eventually achieves celebrity status and incredible wealth. Feeling bitter and betrayed, Stempel accuses the producers of feeding answers to the quiz show winners, prompting a congressional investigation. As the scandal grows, a different portrait of America emerges--one that shatters the nation's illusion of perfection so prevalent in the 1950s. Rob Morrow stars as Dick Goodwin, the investigator who labors tirelessly to establish the truth and simultaneously develops a respectful friendship with the subject of the investigation, Van Doren.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: September 1994.
  • Filmed in the Bronx and Manhattan, NY, and Washington, DC.
  • Ethan Hawke makes an uncredited appearance in the film.
  • Steven Soderbergh was initially slated to direct QUIZ SHOW before Robert Redford took over as director.
  • "I don't defend the practice of rigging quiz shows, but I also don't defend the practice of rigging the movie," says [Don Enright]. "It's being presented as a documentary and sold as one, without any disclaimers; pictures of my dad are everywhere...Does that matter' I don't know...It's not true."--Don Enright interviewed by Susan Spillman, USA Today, 9/7/1994
  • "Far more than I realized at the time, the producers gauged my strengths and profound weaknesses, treating a kid with kid gloves as they concocted questions that took me incrementally from $64 to $16,000."--Mike Clark on his experience as a 10-year-old contestant on quiz show THE $64,000 QUESTION, in USA Today, 9/14/1994

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  • UPC: 717951003492
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