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Quiz Show

1994 motion picture starring John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes and Paul Schofeld

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  • Nov 2, 2010
The year is 1957, and everyone, it seems, is watching the popular TV game show, "Twenty-One."  Contestants can stay on the show for weeks, earning then-astronomical sums of money and becoming household names.  Such was the case for Herbert Stemple (John Turturro), a buck-toothed, blue-collar guy who was raking in the money.  Little did the public know that the show was entirely scripted and that Herb was told the answers in advance.  When a bright, attractive college instructor, Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), came on the show, the producers decided it was time for Herb to lose; he did and Van Doren became the biggest thing on television, even making the cover of Time Magazine.  But he and the show were no match for Congressional watchdog Dick Goodwin (Rob Morrow) who exposed the show for the fraud that it was.
I was really surprised at how exciting this movie was; it's got humor, drama, and nail-biting tension.   Fiennes portrays Van Doren as a witty, charming Connecticut Yankee from an influential family.  We care about him and suffer with him as he prepares to confess his part in the fraud not only to Congress, but to his trusting father.  Turturro's Herbie is a fascinating, naive, greedy man whose life was ruined by the show.  Morrow is excellent as the whistle-blower. 
The movie is a wonderful look back at a time when we as a people were more trusting and innocent.  This scandal rocked the nation and changed us forever.  This is an excellent movie.

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Ralph Fiennes is a likable cheater.
Exciting story of a scandal

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November 02, 2010
well alright! I was hoping that someone would review this superb film for our community! Thanks, Kona! Loved this movie!
November 02, 2010
I'm going to watch it again today. I loved everything about it, including Paul Schofeld's role. Did you review it?
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Over the years director Robert Redford has made a number of splendid motion pictures.   Redford won an Academy Award in his very first stab at directing with 1980's "Ordinary People".   Likewise, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Director for 1992's magnificent "A River Runs Through It" and the 1998 film "The Horse Whisperer". While these were all terrific flicks my favorite Robert Redford-directed film always has …
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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. It stars John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, and Christopher McDonald. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the popular contestant Charles Van Doren (played by Fiennes) after the rigged loss of Herb Stempel (played by Turturro) to Van Doren and Congressional investigator Richard N. (Dick) Goodwin's probe of Twenty One's game fixing. Goodwin, who also co-produced the film, is portrayed by Morrow. Mira Sorvino appears in the film as Goodwin's wife Sandra.

The movie was adapted by Paul Attanasio from Goodwin's book Remembering America. It was produced and directed by Robert Redford.

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Release Date: September 16, 1994
Runtime: 133 minutes
Studio: Hollywood Pictures

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