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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…
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…
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.
Initially I thought this might be a shade too long, but there is so much going on under the surface, so many different desires and motivations, primarily in the way that the three central characters see themselves and each other, that I think the duration is necessary. Smart script, very well directed and acted.
This is a bonafide frontrunner for my favourite first watch of 2016.
Also concrete proof that Robert Redford hasnt been given nearly enough credit as a director.
More to come.
Not up to par with the other 1994 Best Picture nominations (Four Weddings and a Funeral notwithstanding) but still a riveting tale of a whistle-blower and network conspiracy. Robert Redford's Quiz Show brings out the best of its talent in front of and behind the screen. Bonus points for casting Martin Scorsese. [B]
Loses 1/2 star for rob Morrows awful Boston accent.
Genuinely wondering why Scorsese plays a drugs company exec in this but never mind. Odd casting but it works. Four directors feature, none of whom are Redford, who directs. Ethan Hawke takes a cameo too but there are no clues as to why.
The plot is a solid drama with a great hook. Cheating on prime time quiz shows in the 1950s? Surely not. One man investigates! It doesn't need to have any gimmicks or editing pizzazz. It's got great characters, solid performances from Fiennes, Turturro et al and ends on a thoughtful note. It's just one of those 'very good' films you see every so often but probably won't have too much of a desire to see again. It's better than average on all areas, is certainly interesting but doesn't have that one 'thing' to make it a five star film.
Too on-the-nose, but entertaining enough.
The first half-hour of this is SO good. John Turturro is such a livewire that he makes the time spent with his character feel like an absolute blast, but when the focus shifts to Ralph Fiennes, the energy levels sag a bit, and the behind-the-scenes investigation led by Rob Morrow never quite lives up to the All The Presidents Men-style investigative magic that Robert Redford is clearly hoping to recall.
Still a good film, but after that first act I thought it was going to be a masterpiece, so it's hard not to feel a little disappointed.
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