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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…
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…
There's something about the '50s setting, and the way the props and costumes are set up in this film that I really enjoyed. I generally like all types of things even slightly stereotypically '50s for their fun campiness, and while this movie isn't exactly fun, it still had this smooth, stylish, clean feel to it while also having this tone making the characters appear dirty and greedy. I can't fully explain it, but the characters seemed oddly different when compared to the backdrop and time setting. Not necessarily a bad thing, of course.
I was prompted to watch film this based on Jeffrey Overstreet's comparison of its ending to the ending of The Wolf of Wall Street. I think the films are very similar to one another: both an attempt to indict and unmask American corruption on a systemic/corporate level. Also, they both play as a mirror for the American moviegoer, putting on display for the viewer his or her role in feeding American greed. Where The Wolf of Wall Street's lens was more nuanced in its perspective (Belfort as our guide/narrator and, in choosing how to frame this tale, Scorsese as judge of morality), Quiz Show seems to simply follow each character on his respective wave of greed and corruption.
I love movies that dive into messy concepts. In the case of Robert Redford's Quiz Show that concept is the idea of truth. The film is a fictionalized account of a real life scandal in the late 50s in which it was revealed that one of America's most popular game shows was rigged. The people in charge knew that ratings went up whenever more money was at stake, and even more so if the person about to win it was a bright eyed, non ethnic, all American boy. We follow the show's previous champion Herbie Stempel as he falls from grace, the new icon (Charles Van Doren) as he rises to fame, and the investigator who puts it all together.…
TV, con Ines
Not seen this since its release on VHS! So about time for a re-watch.
It's a brilliant Robert Redford film about the true story of young lawyer Jim Goodwin who investigated the fixed game show, 'Twenty One'. Charlie Van Doren, a big time show winner falls under Goodwin's investigation & the lawyer calls upon the testimony of former show contestant Herbie Stempel (played by John Turturro) to aid his investigation.
In Quiz Show, Redford impresses by seamlessly matching deep, weighty themes with a light narrative aesthetic.
For me this movie has gotten better with age. …much better with age. It came out in 1994. When I first saw it, I still saw Ralph Fiennes as the baddy (Amon Goeth) from “Schindler’s List” and compared to that role, when I first saw “Quiz Show,” he seemed really bland. And to be fair, he is a bit bland but I now think that’s on purpose. That’s what makes the fame of the TV show Twenty-One so alluring to him. Without the show, he’s just a “nobody” with a famous dad/family.
Another thing I didn’t really appreciate the first time was all the commentary about Jews and gentiles. That’s a big part of the movie, which I had totally…
Redford gets it spot on here and this film hasn't lost any relevance down the years.
the longer it went on the less i cared tbh
A true story that, if you didn't know was a true story (like me), you'd have thought was an over-elaborate, barely believable plot. Fiennes is superb and it's good to see Scorcese given some lines too.
Robert Redford's "Quiz Show" is often more fascinating than it is thrilling. A little adrenaline would have done this film some good. "Quiz Show" circles the runway of greatness, unable to land. Still, at the end of the day it's a very good movie. The cast is fantastic and the production design is accurate, nostalgic and pleasantly creepy in the way only the Eisenhower could be.
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