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Fifty million people watched but no one saw a thing.
Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.
Film #50 of Project 90
”Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.”
Confidently directed, perfectly acted and delicately written, Robert Redford’s Quiz Show is a shocking eye-opener that portrays a world in which media and giant companies take control of public’s mind and trade the innocence of individuals for money and fame, it gets more powerful and striking as its story unfolds and with morally devastated characters who are getting crushed under the overwhelming pressure of their doubts it is a film of dramatic decisions and emotional challenges.
In a film like this – which relies so heavily on its characters – it is of utmost importance to have great actors…
So is it significant that this movie, largely about unquestioned class privilege and the illusion of social mobility, doesn't feature any non-white faces? Perhaps an MP and not a YP. Either way at its best this manages to coast on good performances and an interesting, esoteric subject, and it's full of lovely period production design.
I watched this film for Ralph Fiennes, and from that point I wasn't disappointed. However, the movie was bland, predictable (even without any prior knowledge of either the game show or the scandal) whilst being, as far as character arcs go, downright confusing.
File this one under "Simply Couldn't Care Less".
Revisited for a Scenic Routes column in which I basically call Redford a hack. Nonetheless, I still like the film overall, mostly because it's one of very few I can think of that overtly addresses the subject of toxic privilege. Van Doren finally confessing his role in the scandal and then being praised by multiple Congressmen for his candor, as vilified whistleblower Stempel watches in disbelief, says more about how power works in America than something like Arbitrage (even though I kinda dug that one)—it's not about money or violence, but about what others will automatically be inclined to assume or forgive, based on a surface impression. Still wish there was more focus on the inner workings of Twenty…
I can't really put my finger on it. There was nothing really wrong with Quiz Show, but nothing ever really grabbed my attention.
Shooter McGav - I mean, Jack Barry (Christopher McDonald) is the host of a popular NBC game show "Twenty One", where two contestants are placed in opposing sound-proof booths and asked varying questions of random intelligence. It's champion of 7 weeks is Herbie Stempel (John Turturro), "a face for radio" underdog champion who is now adored by the nation for the same reasons he was ridiculed for growing up. Watching the show on TV is a handsome well-educated literary instructor Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) who gets the idea to enter the game show. The show executives…
Redford's drama is stylish and well acted (especially from Tuturro and Finnes). The script's dialogue is snappy, but it doesn't do any hand-holding. If you miss a beat, don't expect the fast script to play catch-up. There's a lot of characters and a lot going on, but it's hard not enjoying the ride.
What a great movie that still holds up after more than twenty years.
Always wanted to watch this. Really cool, for some reason the deception of a game show intrigues me. There are some really interesting characters in this movie, fun to follow them all.
Poco a poco voy tachando las pendientes del año 1994, uno de los mejores años para el cine, por lo que a mí respecta.
Creo que esperaba más de esta, teniendo en cuenta sus importantes nominaciones a los Oscars y los nombres implicados. Pero en cualquier caso es buena. Ofrece un punto de vista realmente interesante sobre la corrupción: si los artífices del engaño se van a ir de rositas, los perjudicados solo van a ser los manipulados que acceden a ello casi sin querer (casi) y el engaño en sí, francamente, no hace daño a nadie... vale la pena destaparlo? Sí, pero lo correcto no siempre satisface y puede hacer más mal que bien. Esto va quedando…
Man they just don't make movies like this anymore... and I'm not referring to just one particular aspect... just the entire package. The storytelling, the shots, the acting and the variety of characters make this an extremely fun movie, that's not needlessly philosophical or emotionally complex... it's just simply a very well put together film.
It's good but it drags at the end
This movie was an eye-opener to how soap operas and sitcoms aren't the only TV shows that involve acting. You would think that quiz shows would be completely honest, considering it should be about how much information the contestants know. But behind this mask, there is a corrupt machine that controls the shows like a puppet with strings attached. Not only is the story ver compelling, but the performances by Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro are absolutely unbelievable. The cinematography is also phenomenal. I would surely include this movie in my top 25 films I have ever watched.
"It's just a quiz show."
While it has some promising aspects that it could explore it kind of lays there and doesn't do much, It seems to lack strong direction and a natural flow.
Been on my watchlist a long time. Liked it alot.
It's like eating chocolate cake made into a film: Rich and well acted.
So many shades of right and wrong--just judged to perfection.
I feel they don't make these kinds of movies anymore where it's just so expertly done and thick with subtext.
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