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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.
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.
An interesting and fairly entertaining true story of pride, greed, and moral compromise, but not much more.
Yeah, it's a minor film, without a lot of innovation, but the writing and acting here are absolutely superb.
"Anyone who thinks money is just money couldn't have much of it."
An excellent retelling of a wacky true story.
Quiz Show is perhaps the only film not directed by the Coens or Spike Lee to feature the true acting talents of John Turturro, plus it throws in some incredible performances from Raiph Fiennes (the most handsome man on the face of the earth in the nineties) and Rob Morrow (who does his best Jimmy Stewart impression and it works).
Redford's direction is usually good and sometimes brilliant, as he maintains a generally passive style, but occasionally does something really unique. The music too (the film opens and closes with different versions of the Bobby Darin classic "Mack the Knife") is used very sparingly and to great effect.
Quiz Show is another one of those movies that has been on my list for way too long. It's stuff like this that makes you think to yourself, "seriously, I waited way too long to check this out."
Quiz Show (a film directed by Robert Redford) is about a game show in the late 50s that is being engineered by the producers to get higher ratings. Charles Von Doren (played by Ralph Fiennes) comes from a prominent family, he joins the game show and soon falls to the trap of fame and fortune. Dick Goodwin (Rob Morrow) is a Harvard graduate lawyer becomes fascinated with the possibility that the game show is rigged and started investigating it. During the course of his investigation, Dick develops a good relationship with Charles that he eventually tries his best to steer Charles away from the scandal.
Notable acting comes from Paul Scofield as he portrays the father of Charles Von Doren.…
“Cheating on a quiz show? That's sort of like plagiarizing a comic strip.”
One of my favorite films from the mid 90’s. A well told story a well acted film and Redford does a great job with it. I really wish he would direct more I think he is a talented director that doesn’t do it enough. The based on a true story of a fixed quiz show during the late 1950’s. Really great performances by all especially John Turturro, Rob Morrow, and Ralph Fiennes. I also really like the smaller role that Paul Scofield plays as well. The movie is just very easy to watch for me I have watched it many times and enjoy it every time. There is not much more to say other than just see it. It is a great watch. Rock solid 9/10 for me.
I saw this film when I was younger and I thought it was just the greatest movie ever. I see it now and I know I can't completely remove my nostalgia for it, though I can see the flaws it may possess. Given reality TV and the lies we expect from television in general, the stakes seem smaller, and there are a couple of details that seem a bit too convenient to fit into place.
However, I still think this one is a stunner. These performances are just DYNAMO. When I was younger, I wanted to play all these parts and today, I'm an actor and I still can't decide which one would be the most fun. They're all so…
i found this movie boring as a child 20 years ago and i saw it again recently and was excited to see it as an adult and found it equally as boring
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