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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.
1995 Movielog #1
My then brief review that should be a critic's quote on the film's poster: "Brilliant"
This film is all class. It's my favourite Redford film and one so masterfully made, with brilliantly restrained performances from Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro and Rob Morrow. I have not seen this since I saw it in cinemas, which, now I think about it, is just wrong. I can't wait to check this out again. I loved Scorsese's cameo.
Good performances in a solid film. But Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing nominations... Why?
I have been fascinated with the quiz show scandals for as long as I have read it in online articles and in Wikipedia. I say this is a fair representation of those events with the excitement it entails. It was the closest thing to reality TV back in the days.
Ive been aching too see this one for a while, and boy, with good reason! I was sitting on the literal edge of my sofa from the beginning. A great story, told masterfully by a great script, filled with extremely intelligent dialogue, performed by a stellar cast. It really doesnt get much better than this.
As of today, Robert Redford is in the finner circle of my radar! I cannot recommend this one enough
Earlier this year, I watched The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, two films I'd say deserve the pejorative label, "Oscar bait." This past week, I've watched Atonement and Quiz Show, two films that I have to assume when they were released were also accused of being Oscar bait. As it turns out, Oscar used to only fall for high-quality bait.
What I love is that at the time, in 1994, when I first saw this in theaters, I knew it. I knew how lucky I was to be in college at a time when movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Quiz Show, and Hoop Dreams were coming out.
Quiz Show is probably the most forgotten of the bunch, but it deserves some kind of rebirth, if for no other reason, the acting. Fiennes and Scofield are great, but my God, Turturro is perfect.
Everyone especially Turturro is great in this.
those ridiculous accents and hair
Thumbs Up: An incredible true story, top performances from Fiennes and Turturro, Morrow is solid at the detective who cracks the case (even if his accent does occasionally sound like its getting stuck in his mouth), sharp script that livens up the scenes with some witty dialogue, solid visuals.
Thumbs Down: Takes itself way to seriously and would have been more enjoyable as a quirky mystery-comedy than some sort of Oscar bait All the President's Men-style drama (after all, it's only a bloody quiz show!)
Fine, but rather less imaginative than it seemed at first.
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