Quiz Show (1994)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Turturro Herbie Stempel
Ralph Fiennes Charles Van Doren
Rob Morrow Dick Goodwin
Paul Scofield Mark Van Doren
David Paymer Dan Enright
Hank Azaria Albert Freedman
Christopher McDonald Jack Barry
Johann Carlo Toby Stempel
Elizabeth Wilson Dorothy Van Doren
Allan Rich Robert Kintner
Mira Sorvino Sandra Goodwin
George Martin Chairman
Paul Guilfoyle Lishman
Griffin Dunne Account Guy
Michael Mantell Pennebaker
Byron Jennings Moomaw
Ben Shenkman Childress
Timothy Busfield Fred
Jack Gilpin Jack
Bruce Altman Gene
Martin Scorsese Martin Rittenhome
Joda Blaire Lester Stempel (as Joda Hershman)
Ernie Sabella Car Salesman
Barry Levinson Dave Garroway
Debra Monk Kintner's Secretary
Mario Cantone Passerby
Timothy Britten Parker Researcher
Grace Phillips Mrs. Nearing
Jerry Grayson Limo Driver
Scott Lucy NBC Page
Matt Keeslar NBC Page
Ron Scott Bertozzi NBC Page
Harriet Sansom Harris Enright's Secretary
Mary Shultz Freedman's Secretary
Dave Wilson Director
Robert Caminiti Associate Director
Eddie Korbich Lighting Director
Le Clanché du Rand Cornwall Neighbor
Carole Shelley Cornwall Aunt
Shawn Batten Cornwall Cousin
Jeff Morrow
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Robert Redford
Producer Michael Jacobs; Julian Krainin; Michael Nozik; Robert Redford; Paul Attanasio
Writer Richard N. Goodwin; Paul Attanasio
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 133 mins
Country USA
Color Color
This vigorously entertaining film, sharply directed by Robert Redford from Paul Attanasio's brilliant screenplay, is based on the game-show scandals of the 1950s, when TV quiz shows were rigged to attract higher ratings and lucrative sponsorships. The fact-based story focuses on the quiz show Twenty-One and popular contestant Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a charming, well-bred intellectual who agreed to win the game by using answers supplied by the show's producers. This unfair advantage turned Van Doren into a prototypical media darling at the expense of reigning Twenty-One champion Herbie Stempel (John Turturro, in a bravura performance), a working-class Jewish contestant who, according to the show's sponsors, had worn out his welcome in the public eye. When a congressional investigator (Rob Morrow) catches on to the scam and Stempel blows the whistle on this backstage manipulation, Quiz Show becomes a smart, political exposé about the first generation of television, the corrupting effect of celebrity and success, and the ongoing loss of innocence in American society. Bristling with superior dialogue and energized by an excellent cast including Paul Scofield as Van Doren's morally upstanding father, Quiz Show succeeds as history lesson, intelligent thriller, and morality tale, setting the stage for the countless scandals that would follow in a nation addicted to television. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 128
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 717951003492
Chapters 30
Release Date 2003
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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