An idealistic young lawyer working for a Congressional subcommittee in the late 1950s discovers that TV quiz shows are being fixed. His investigation focuses on two contestants on the show "Twenty-One": Herbert Stempel, a brash working-class Jew from Queens, and Charles Van Doren, the patrician scion of one of America's leading literary families. Based on a true story. Written by
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The charcoal drawing of Mark Van Doren hanging in the Van Doren home is the real Mark Van Doren. See more »
During the lunch scene, Goodwin describes the Reuben Sandwich as the only entirely invented sandwich entered in a sandwich contest by Reuben Kay. Some claim that a wholesale grocer named Reuben Kulakofsky created the sandwich at Omaha's Blackstone Hotel in 1925. However, Fern Snider, a waitress at the Blackstone, entered the recipe in a national sandwich competition in 1956, and won. See more »
Mark Van Doren:
Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.
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Charles Van Doren went to work for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Today he writes books and lives in the family home in Cornwall, Connecticut. He never taught again. See more »
I watched this film for about the fifth time last night. I first saw it a
couple of years ago when my mum brought it home, she'd picked it out of
bargain bin at the supermarket, and what a bargain!
It is a superb tale, I notice some have said 'who cares it was just a
quiz show', well that is hardly the point, many films are made where,
was seemingly the subject is actually just a background for the real
to be told.
Quiz Show is a brilliantly told morality tale, but that is not to say it
preaches. It can get away with not preaching because the consequences of
their actions didn't harm anyone. It doesn't say, 'if you do something
you will be punished'. It says 'If you do something wrong, can you live
yourself'. "It's the getting away with it I couldn't stand" Charlie says
A classical tragedy of a man with the world at his fingertips who throws
all away at his own volition. As a classical Shakespearean actor Fiennes
perfect for the role.
A wonderful intelligent and literate script, the pieces between Charlie
his father in the Athanaeum and at the picnic are wonderful.
Subtle music and stylish presentation are the icing on the
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