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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…
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…
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.
Intriguing film about the early days of television and the first steps of the popular quiz shows on television. Redford is a great storyteller as a director. Watch out for this uncredited cameo of Ethan Hawke. It's a plus for your knowledge in history of film.
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No need to cheat and look up the answers. The answer is right in front of you. You just have to watch closely...
Good job they figured out fame is hollow and television is bullshit way back in the 1950s,when there was still a chance to do something about it.
This had some pretty well done moments, and I liked all the performances, but it just felt like it was trying to balance the line of full on attack and defending everyone. It was just a little edge away from being pretty darn great in my eyes!
Half entertainment and half history lesson, Quiz Show tells the unbelievable story about game show corruption on television in its earliest days. It hammers home the point that you can't really believe anything you see on television, while at the same time, showing us the power it wields over its audience--which is damn near all of us.
Filled with great character actors doing what they do best--melting away into their part--and headed by powerful performances from Ralph Fiennes, John Turtorro, Quiz Show is one of the most delightful history lessons you'll ever see.
It also asks the question: Would you compromise your integrity for money and fame? Sadly, most people when faced with that question would say yes.
The writing was the bomb.com
Watched Quiz show, only saw it once before around a decade ago.
Robert Redford, I swear he'd be known as a great director if people would let up about him winning Best Director over Scorsese for Raging Bull.
This is one of those great 90s movies like Miller's Crossing or The Insider that not enough people have seen.
And like The Insider, this is a fascination film about television.
Stellar performances from everyone in the cast, and an okay performance from Rob Morrow.
He kinda sticks out in this cast as "one of these things is not like the other".
John Turturro who actually reminds me a lot of his performance in Miller's Crossing. Paul Scofield was up for an…
The characterizations are broad all around and the plot beats are predictable. I'm not sure which accent is more obnoxious: Ralph Fiennes' American, or Rob Morrow's Boston. Even still, it floats by on sheer charisma, with some undeniably suspenseful setpieces (I mean, it's a game show).
The 1995 Academy Awards had one of the finest lineups for best picture in their history. Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and the eventual winner, Forrest Gump. These films became some of the most iconic films of the last twenty years. But one film that seems to be swept under the rug is Quiz Show, the story of the infamous game show scandal between the highly touted Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) and the nerdy lesser man Herb Stempel (John Turturro).
But it's not difficult why this movie isn't held very highly nowadays. It bombed at the box office and even with the critical acclaim and Oscar buzz the film still had to compete with some of the biggest movies…
Quiz show is just kind of average. Ralph Fiennes and Paul Scofield are good, but the story just doesn't seem really engaging. I didn't hate it, but I probably would never watch it again.
Good cast and direction. Interesting story.
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