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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…
It is so loaded with matters of image, class and privilege that it would probably be very rewatchable even if it were just competent made, sometimes material just make itself. Redford actually does a terrific job and that he is a rather staid filmmaker is a strength here.
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 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…
This one holds up quite well. The case it depicts may seem insignificant in light of the many other problems plaguing the world then and now, but the film's forthright use of it to explore the moral dilemma of its characters and the emotional and social components that take the making of decisions to gray areas is quite accomplished and universal. Robert Redford keeps the balance between solid storytelling and a compelling thesis... save for the excessive conclusiveness of the last lines uttered. Very good characterizations all around, with an inspired use of zooms and close-ups.
I've known about this movie forever and that it was supposed to be good, but I never really knew that much about it - I think I thought it was some comedy about folks going on quiz shows or something. Well, it is about people on quiz shows, but not so much a comedy. It's a real-life story of a 1950s quiz show scandal involving contestants who claimed they were given the answers to make them win, and were told when to take a fall so the show would get a new champion.
It'd be a good companion piece to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which I haven't seen in far too long, a double-feature on the scandals and cover-ups…
A very smart tale about morality and integrity, that succeeds due to superb acting and because it never appears grandstanding.
Quiz Show presents a true story about the 1958 scandal involving a tv game show called Twenty One.
Historically, the scandal involved a contestant's allegations towards the rigging of this Quiz Show. It's alleged that to raise ratings, the network provides answers and bribes contestants to drop out of the contest.
Quiz Show is, essentially, a crime drama. It quickly switches focus to an lawyer investigating the show, trying to prove the corruption.
Quiz Show was very good, however, in our age of television, it was hard to care about the premise of the movie. I tried to put myself in the shoes of someone in 1958, or even 1994. In 1956 television was a new medium. Twenty One was…
Quiz Show is definitely not one of the most intense movies around, but it's an enjoyable one nonetheless. The film plays out more like a docudrama as it focuses on getting the details of the story as right as possible. However, the characters that are presented along the way are still interesting. It was just hard to really care about them when the film seemed to prioritize the details of the investigation itself over proper characterization. The most positive aspect of this film is the insight it provides in regards to how the American public viewed the media during the early days of television. That's one of the strongest points I took away from this movie.
Quiz Show uses a fairly conventional format in some interesting and unconventional ways. I love how natural the shifts in protagonist feel. I love much of the dialogue which genuinely feels realistic for its characters. I just wish it looked like a little more; without a sense of its cinematic nature, I struggle to fall in love.
Pacing issues and Redford's bland direction keep this entertaining story from being the masterpiece it could have been.
I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked this. I thought I was going to be bored, but I really wasn't. Great acting and writing.
This scandal led to TV commercials over sponsorship.
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