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Quiz Show [DVD] [1994]

Release Date:09/07/1999
From acclaimed actor/director Robert Redford comes this unforgettable behind-the-scenes look at the scandal lurking beneath the surface of on of America's most beloved game shows, presented on DVD from Walt Disney Video. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital soundtrack, this release also features an additional French Dolby Digital Soundtrack as well. With a theatrical trailer being the sole extra feature, this acclaimed account of quiz show corruption is sorely lacking in what could have made a great release.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • Theatrical trailer
    • French-language track
    • Dolby Surround
    • Widescreen [1.85:1]


    Quiz Show
    It's 1958, and the producers of the quiz show 21 have a problem. Their current champ, Herbert Stempel (John Turturro), has a phenomenal memory and a broad range of knowledge. He's also a pudgy loudmouth with a grating personality, so Herbert is encouraged to "take a dive" and allow Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a handsome and charming college professor, to become the show's new champion. Audiences like Van Doren, and he's certainly not averse to the money he's winning, but the ethics of the situation begin to trouble him, especially when the show's producers begin to give him the questions in advance. Director Robert Redford and writer Paul Attanasio paint a telling portrait of how the network heads and advertising men who manipulated the quiz shows were also able to manipulate the responsibility for the scandal away from themselves. While on the surface a story about the scandal itself, Quiz Show is just as importantly about a turning point in the 1950s when TV and advertising began to change American character and culture. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Turturro
      John Turturro - Herbie Stempel
    • Rob Morrow
      Rob Morrow - Dick Goodwin
    • Ralph Fiennes
      Ralph Fiennes - Charles Van Doren
    • Paul Scofield
      Paul Scofield - Mark Van Doren
    • David Paymer
      David Paymer - Dan Enright

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