Quiz Show (1994)
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|Dick goodwin discovers game shows are fixed: pretty boy wasp charles van doren is fed answers so he beats geeky jew herbie stempel.|
"...never ceases to be real... Leonard Maltin
Editor's NoteThis 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.
Cast & Crew
|Richard N. Goodwin - Based on Novel By|
|Robert Redford - Director|
|Michael Ballhaus - Director of Photography|
|Stu Linder - Editor|
|Richard Dreyfuss - Executive Producer|
|Judith James - Executive Producer|
|Mark Isham - Musical Score|
|Paul Attanasio - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryBased 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.
|Robert Redford, Nominee, Best Director|
|Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, Robert Redford, Nominee, Best Picture|
|Paul Scofield, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor|
|Paul Attanasio, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium|
|"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|