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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Hank Azaria, Rob Morrow, David Paymer
  • Directors: Robert Redford
  • Writers: Paul Attanasio
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 13 2004
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305428522
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,071 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Academy Award(R)-winner Robert Redford (1980, Best Director, ORIDINARY PEOPLE) directs the critically acclaimed triumph, QUIZ SHOW, cheered as "One Of The Year's 10 Best" by over 80 critics nationwide. It's an exciting look behind the scenes at the thrills and high-stakes competition of TV's hottest big-money game show! But fame and fortune become a hotbed of scandal when a Washington investigator (Rob Morrow -- NORTHERN EXPOSURE) uncovers corruption beneath the quiz show's glittering facade. The scandal implicates both the wildly popular champion (Ralph Fiennes -- 1996 Academy Award(R) Best Actor nominee, THE ENGLISH PATIENT) and the disgruntled ex-champ (John Turturro, ROUNDERS). A powerful story with unforgettable performances -- don't miss this suspense-filled hit!


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Geraldine TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 18 2015
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I enjoyed this movie but I would say it was good, not great. Thought it dragged a bit, towards the end I was getting a bit restless to see the ending and wrap it up.

This is not a movie that I'd watch more than once and when it comes to my favs, I certainly do.;-)

I had heard about this scandal years ago and had watched the Jokers Wild with Barry after his long exile from tv so it was interesting to see the background of his career before his lucrative comeback.
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I know the title of my review seems hyperbolic, but truly this is an essential American story, beautifully told. [Incidentally, the fact that in 1994, Forrest Gump won the best picture Oscar, and not Quiz Show, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption or Four Weddings and a Funeral demonstrates the worthlessness of those awards, which evidently prefer telegenic fools to intelligence, verve, drama or comedy.]

In Quiz Show, the cinematography is exquisite, the editing is perfect, the direction interesting and on-point. The characters are archetypes, yet credible and humanized, with unique peculiarities that make them real and relevant.

Father-son relationships are an obsessive motif in American film, but Quiz Show manages to tell one of the most affecting father-son relationships since Gene Hackman and Melvyn Douglas in I Never Sang for my Father. Ralph Fiennes and Paul Scofield are devastating.

Quiz Show is undeniably entertaining -- some of the early scenes are reminiscent of the college scenes in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, for instance, and the quiz show moments are suspenseful and simply amusing -- but it is also an essential tale about idealism (the American dream) and corruption, facile fame and thankless work, and navigating an ethical middle ground between the two. In discussing current events, I often quote one of the last lines in the film,

"See, I don't think an adult of your intelligence ought to be commended... for simply, at long last, telling the truth."

A marvellous movie to see (and own) and view often.
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By K. Fabisch TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 27 2014
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Watched Quiz show, only saw it once before around a decade ago.

Robert Redford, I swear he'd be known as a great director if people would let up about him winning Best Director over Scorsese for Raging Bull.

This is one of those great 90s movies like Miller's Crossing or The Insider that not enough people have seen.

And like The Insider, this is a fascination film about television.

Stellar performances from everyone in the cast, and an okay performance from Rob Morrow.

He kinda sticks out in this cast as "one of these things is not like the other".

John Turturro who actually reminds me a lot of his performance in Miller's Crossing. Paul Scofield was up for an Oscar for this movie and it is totally a nomination because he's old. He had like 10 lines. Turturro is the guy who deserved an Oscar nod as this man DESPERATE for fame.

David Paymer and Hank Azaria are great as the ultra sleazy producers who give what seem to be every contestant on that show the answers.

My favorite performance is from Allan Rich in the small part of Robert Kintner the president of NBC at the time of the Twenty One scandal and I think he's genuinely frightening. He just has an air about him that is so intimidating.

And he has one of my favorite lines when Rob Morrow as the Congressional lawyer out to bring down NBC tries to question him.

"I have Enright cold, and that means I have you."

"Really? ... Then why are you the one that's sweating?"

I look at Allan Rich and I think about how they just don't make character actors like that anymore.

For a movie about a game show.... it's surprisingly thrilling.

GREAT film.

More people need to see it.
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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 1 2010
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The year is 1957, and everyone in America 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 raked in the money. Little did the public know that the show was entirely scripted and that Herb was told the answers in advance. When Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) a bright, attractive college instructor 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 and drama and is filled with 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 so much more trusting and innocent. This scandal rocked the nation and changed us forever. This is a great movie.
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