Quiz Show

"Very Good"

Quiz Show Review


People have tried to peg the "end of American innocence" on all sorts of things -- Vietnam, Watergate, the nuclear arms race -- but Robert Redford is, I believe, the first and only person to blame the decline of western civilization on the 21 game show scandal of the 1950s. But there you have it: A curious incident from the past -- and an inevitability, really -- in which upstanding blueblood Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes in a very memorable role) gets caught up in a fixed game show, bringing the show and its producers (but ultimately, no one else) to its knees. Strangely, for such a buildup -- and Redford manages to build quite a snowball of drama in all of this, full of heroes and antiheroes -- the payoff is a real letdown. America survived the quiz show scandals, and trying to overblow the impact of what amounts to a novelty investigation rings a little bit false.


Quiz Show

Facts and Figures

Run time: 133 mins

In Theaters: Friday 7th October 1994

Distributed by: Buena Vista Internationa

Production compaines: Baltimore Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises, Hollywood Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 51 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Julian Krainin, ,

Starring: as Herbie Stempel, as Dick Goodwin, as Charles Van Doren, as Mark Van Doren, as Dan Enright, as Albert Freedman, as Jack Barry, Johann Carlo as Toby Stempel, as Dorothy Van Doren, as Robert Kintner, as Sandra Goodwin, as Chairman, as Lishman, as Account Guy, as Pennebaker, Byron Jennings as Moomaw, as Childress, as Fred, as Jack, as Gene, as Martin Rittenhome, Joseph Blaire as Lester Stempel (as Joda Hershman), as Car Salesman, as Dave Garroway, as Kintner's Secretary, as Passerby, Timothy Britten Parker as Researcher, as Mrs. Nearing, as Limo Driver

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