Quiz Show

Quiz Show

“Queens-born Herbie Stempel (John Turturro) becomes an unlikely hero after winning on America’s beloved game show, “Twenty One.” When the network decides to bring in a more telegenic contestant, the WASP-ish Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), Stempel takes aim at the show, announcing that the game is rigged. Congressional investigator Dick Goodwin (Rob Morrow) is brought in to examine the claim that winners were given the answers. Goodwin wrote the book on which this true story is based.”[movie the quiz ]

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Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary

to send forth a stinking savour:

so doth a little folly him

that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

(Ecclesiastes 10:1)

1“Running time 133 minutes CountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget $31 million[1]Box office$24.8 million[2] Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical film produced and directed by Robert Redford, and written by Paul Attanasio,[3] based on Richard N. Goodwin’s memoir Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties.[4] It stars John Turturro, Rob Morrow and Ralph Fiennes, with Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria and Christopher McDonald appearing in supporting roles.[3][5][6] The film chronicles the Twenty-One quiz show scandals of the 1950s, the rise and fall of popular contestant Charles Van Doren after the fixed loss of Herb Stempel and Congressional investigator Richard Goodwin’s subsequent probe. Goodwin co-produced the film. The film received generally positive reviews and was nominated for several awards, including a Best Picture Oscar nomination and several Golden Globe Awards. It had a disappointing box office return. “[Textised! : Quiz Show (film) – Wikipedia] 3“Richard Goodwin (Rob Morrow), a young Congressional lawyer, learns that the grand jury findings have been sealed and travels to New York City to investigate rumors of rigged quiz shows. Visiting a number of contestants, including Stempel and Van Doren, he begins to suspect that Twenty-One is a fixed operation. However, Stempel’s volatile personality damages his credibility, and nobody else seems willing to confirm that the show is fixed. Fearing Goodwin will give up the investigation, Stempel confesses that he was fed the correct answers during his run on the show, and insists that Van Doren must have been involved as well. Another former contestant gives Goodwin quiz show answers he mailed to himself by registered post two days before the show, presumably as blackmail against Enright and Freedman. Van Doren deliberately loses. He is rewarded by NBC with a lucrative contract to appear as a special correspondent on the morning Today show. The House Committee for Legislative Oversight convenes a hearing, at which Goodwin presents his evidence of the quiz show’s corruption. During the hearing, Stempel’s testimony fails to convince the committee. Both NBC network head Robert Kintner (Allan Rich) and Geritol executive Martin Rittenhome (Martin Scorsese) deny any knowledge of Twenty-One being rigged. After being subpoenaed by Goodwin, Van Doren testifies before the committee and admits his role in the deception. After the hearing adjourns, he learns from reporters that he has been fired from Today and that Columbia’s trustees are going to ask for his resignation. Goodwin believes he is on the verge of a victory against Geritol and NBC, but realizes that Enright and Freedman will not jeopardize their own futures in television by turning against their bosses. He silently watches the producers’ testimony, vindicating the sponsors and the network from any wrongdoing, and taking full responsibility for rigging the show. Cast [ edit] Ralph Fiennes as Charles Van Doren John Turturro as Herb Stempel Rob Morrow as Richard N. “Dick” Goodwin David Paymer as Dan Enright Paul Scofield as Mark Van Doren Hank Azaria as Albert Freedman Christopher McDonald as Jack Barry Adam Kilgour as Thomas Merton Johann Carlo as Toby Stempel Elizabeth Wilson as Dorothy Van Doren Allan Rich as Robert Kintner Mira Sorvino as Sandra Goodwin George Martin as Chairman Paul Guilfoyle as Lishman Griffin Dunne as Geritol Account Executive Michael Mantell as Pennebaker Martin Scorsese as Martin Rittenhome Neil Ross as Twenty-One Announcer”[Textised! : Quiz Show (film) – Wikipedia]

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