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Quiz Show -- A big-money, high-stakes TV game show becomes the subject of scandal when a Washington investigator uncovers corruption behind-the-scenes - implicating both the current and former champs.

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Writers (WGA):
Paul Attanasio (screenplay)
Richard N. Goodwin (book)
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Release Date:
7 October 1994 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing.
Plot:
A young lawyer Jim Goodwin investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charlie Van Doren, a big time show winner is under Goodwin's investigation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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(214 articles)
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Polished and professional drama See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Turturro ... Herbie Stempel

Rob Morrow ... Dick Goodwin

Ralph Fiennes ... Charles Van Doren

Paul Scofield ... Mark Van Doren

David Paymer ... Dan Enright

Hank Azaria ... Albert Freedman

Christopher McDonald ... Jack Barry
Johann Carlo ... Toby Stempel

Elizabeth Wilson ... Dorothy Van Doren

Allan Rich ... Robert Kintner

Mira Sorvino ... Sandra Goodwin
George Martin ... Chairman

Paul Guilfoyle ... Lishman

Griffin Dunne ... Account Guy

Michael Mantell ... Pennebaker
Byron Jennings ... Moomaw

Ben Shenkman ... Childress

Timothy Busfield ... Fred
Jack Gilpin ... Jack

Bruce Altman ... Gene

Martin Scorsese ... Martin Rittenhome
Joseph Blaire ... Lester Stempel (as Joda Hershman)

Ernie Sabella ... Car Salesman

Barry Levinson ... Dave Garroway

Debra Monk ... Kintner's Secretary

Mario Cantone ... Passerby

Timothy Britten Parker ... Researcher
Grace Phillips ... Mrs. Nearing

Jerry Grayson ... Limo Driver
Scott Lucy ... NBC Pages

Matt Keeslar ... NBC Pages
Ron Scott Bertozzi ... NBC Pages

Harriet Sansom Harris ... Enright's Secretary
Mary Shultz ... Freedman's Secretary
Dave Wilson ... Director
Robert Caminiti ... Associate Director
Eddie Korbich ... Lighting Director
Le Clanché du Rand ... Cornwall Neighbor

Carole Shelley ... Cornwall Aunt

Shawn Batten ... Cornwall Cousins
Cornelia Ryan ... Cornwall Cousins

Jeffrey Nordling ... John Van Doren
Gina Rice ... Mrs. John Van Doren
Vince O'Brien ... Bunny Wilson
Adam Kilgour ... Thomas Merton, The Monk
Richard Seff ... Congressman Devine
Bill Moor ... Congressman Rogers
Nicholas Kepros ... Congressman Flynt
Barry Snider ... Congressman Springer
Chuck Adamson ... Congressman Mack
Joseph Attanasio ... Congressman Derounian
Dan Wakefield ... Professors at Book Party
Hamilton Fish ... Professor at Book Party
Merwin Goldsmith ... Writer at Book Party

Illeana Douglas ... Woman at Book Party

Gretchen Egolf ... Student at Book Party
Stephen Pearlman ... Judge Schweitzer

Anthony Fusco ... Librarian

Douglas McGrath ... Snodgrass

Calista Flockhart ... Barnard Girls
Alysa Shwedel ... Barnard Girls

Kelly Coffield Park ... Queens Neighbors (as Kelly Coffield)
Dede Pochos ... Queens Neighbors
Maria Radman ... Queens Neighbors
David Stepkin ... Queens Neighbors
Steve Roland ... Today Announcer
Bernie Sheredy ... Reporter

Joe Lisi ... Reporter
Greg Martin ... Reporter

Reno ... Woman at Door
Neil Leifer ... Psychoanalyst
Caryn Krooth ... Blonde
Mario Contacessi ... Waiter
Patricia Geri Russell ... NBC Secretary (as Pat Russell)
Bill Cwikowski ... Challenger

William Fichtner ... Stage Manager
Vincent J. Burns ... Crew Member

Katherine Borowitz ... #1 Mom (as Katherine Turturro)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Abbott ... Photographer (uncredited)
John D. Bair ... Grad Student (uncredited)
Ted Brunson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Michael J. Burg ... Student (uncredited)

Hélène Cardona ... Student (uncredited)
Susan Janet Cooper ... Susan, Pete's wife (uncredited)

Richard Council ... Reporter #1 (uncredited)

Brian Gildea ... Student (uncredited)
Matthew T. Gitkin ... NBC Staff (uncredited)

Jerry Griffin ... Doorman (uncredited)
David Hausen ... Camera Operator (uncredited)

Ethan Hawke ... Don Quixote Student (uncredited)

Christopher King ... Congressional Hearing Reporter (uncredited)

Michael Luceri ... Student (uncredited)
Owen Lund ... Technical Director (uncredited)

Ron Ostrow ... Photographer (uncredited)

John Ponzio ... NBC Page (uncredited)
James Prendergast ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Paul Vincent Rapisarda ... Courtroom Attendee (uncredited)

Steve Ryan ... NBC Employee (uncredited)
Jonathan Marc Sherman ... Don Quixote Student #2 (uncredited)

Nick Taylor ... Herbie's Neighbor (uncredited)
Billy Marshall Thompson ... Student (uncredited)
Glenn Zarr ... Press Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Redford 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Paul Attanasio (screenplay)

Richard N. Goodwin (book "Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties")

Produced by
Richard Dreyfuss .... executive producer
Richard N. Goodwin .... co-producer
Michael Jacobs .... producer
Judith James .... executive producer
Julian Krainin .... producer
Jeff McCracken .... co-producer
Susan Moore .... associate producer
Gail Mutrux .... co-producer
Michael Nozik .... producer
Robert Redford .... producer
Frederick Zollo .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Galvin 
 
Set Decoration by
Samara Schaffer 
 
Costume Design by
Kathy O'Rear 
 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... additional makeup artist
Angel De Angelis .... additional hair stylist (as Angelina De Angelis)
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Bernadette Mazur .... additional makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... additional hair stylist
Bunny Parker .... key hair stylist (as Bunny Parker-Adamson)
Linda Lazar .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gabriella Pollino .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jovan Vitagliano .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Burns .... second assistant director (as Joseph Burns)
Stuart Feldman .... dga trainee
Susan E. Fiore .... second second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
 
Art Department
Troy R. Adee .... set dresser
Tommy Allen .... property master
Dimitri Apletchef .... assistant property master
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Joe Bird .... set dresser (as Joseph L. Bird)
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... set dresser (as Conrad Brink)
Jeff Brink .... set dresser (as Jeffrey S. Brink)
Ed Check .... assistant art director
Diane D'Addio .... assistant set decorator
Tony Fanning .... assistant art director
Gilbert Gertsen .... set dresser (as Gilbert H. Gertsen)
Gordon Gertsen .... set dresser (as Gordon H. Gertsen)
Donna Hamilton .... assistant set decorator (as Donna F. Hamilton)
Sandy Hamilton .... assistant property master
Brent Haywood .... carpenter foreman
Mark Horstmann .... carpenter foreman
Kalina Ivanov .... storyboard artist
Gary Levitsky .... set dresser
Kevin McCarthy .... lead man (as Kevin B. McCarthy)
Matthew McCarthy .... set dresser
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth D. Nelson)
John Oates Jr. .... set dresser
Charlotte Palmer-lane .... design assistant
Joseph Proscia .... set dresser (as Joseph F. Proscia)
Miriam Schapiro .... art department coordinator
Bob Shaw .... assistant art director (as Robert K. Shaw Jr.)
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist
M. Tony Trotta .... camera scenic artist
Paul Wardwell .... key construction grip
Alyssa Winter .... assistant set decorator
Deni Holl .... set painter (uncredited)
John Merrick .... construction grip (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Mary Prlain .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Tom Barwick .... foley artist
Sara Bolder .... dialogue editor
Christopher Boyes .... assistant sound designer (as Chris Boyes)
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Andre Fenley .... assistant sound editor
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor
Rob Fruchtman .... adr editor
J.R. Grubbs .... assistant sound editor
Joel Holland .... sound recordist
Richard Hymns .... supervising sound editor
Donna Jaffe .... assistant sound editor
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
David Platt .... boom operator
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant sound editor
Gary Rydstrom .... re-recording mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Susan Sanford .... assistant sound editor
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Karen Tenkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Countryman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Sean England .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Matthew Wood .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Atwater .... grip
Florian Ballhaus .... camera operator
Jerry DeBlau .... gaffer
Michael Finnerty .... rigging grip
Brian Fitzsimons .... best boy
Kenneth Fundus .... rigging grip
Dennis Gamiello .... dolly grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
John Lowry .... grip
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera
Anastas N. Michos .... Steadicam operator
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "b" camera
Arthur Moshlak .... electrician
Fred Muller .... electrician
Heather Norton .... camera trainee
Wayne Paull .... camera operator: video camera
Louis Petraglia .... electrician
Peter John Petraglia .... best boy
Ronald Plant .... rigging grip
Lance Shepherd .... electrician
Susan Starr .... first assistant camera
Bobby Vercruse .... electrician
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Rick Whitfield .... video supervisor
Dick Fisher .... camera operator: video camera (uncredited)
David Hausen .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Allen Stillman .... light board operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting assistant
Alison E. McBryde .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Dan Bronson .... assistant costume designer
Paul Buboltz .... wardrobe supervisor
Danajean Cicerchi .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Gierczak .... wardrobe assistant (as Mary C-Gierczak)
Barrett Hong .... wardrobe assistant
Beulah Jones-Black .... assistant costume designer
Lisa Padovani .... assistant to costume designer
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Valerie Laven-Cooper .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Blair Daily .... associate editor
Mark Daily .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
David Hamme .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Dell Hake .... additional orchestrator
Mark Isham .... musician: trumpet solos
Stephen Krause .... score mixer (as Steve Krause)
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Katherine Quittner .... music supervisor
Kim Scharnberg .... additional orchestrator
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Todd Homme .... music producer (uncredited)
Rolf Johnson .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Seth Wittner .... music proof reader (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Timothy Shannon .... transportation co-captain
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alison Armstrong .... production assistant
Jeffrey T. Barabe .... set production assistant (as Jeffrey Barabe)
Laura Berning .... location assistant (as Laura J. Berning)
Ron Scott Bertozzi .... production assistant
Maria T. Bierniak .... assistant location manager
Jessica Bradford .... production assistant
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Donnaldson Brown .... assistant: Mr. Nozik
Elizabeth Collins .... assistant accountant
John Crowder .... location coordinator: Washington D.C. (as John A. Crowder Jr.)
Shirley Davis .... office production assistant
David DeClerque .... location manager
Michael Demers .... craft service
Deborah Devgan .... office production assistant
Lou DiGiaimo Jr. .... office production assistant
Amy DiPrima .... production assistant
Anne Disano .... production assistant
Lynn D. Ezelle .... post-production accountant
Kerin Ferallo .... production assistant
Rebecca L. Feuer .... production assistant
Daniel Freeman .... technical advisor
Danny Glicker .... production assistant (as Daniel Glicker)
Scott Gottesman .... production assistant
Amy Herman .... location manager
Ellen M. Hillers .... production coordinator
Shelley Houis .... production coordinator
Andrea Isaacs .... assistant accountant
Donna Kail .... assistant: Mr. Redford
Mark Kamine .... location assistant
Steve Kardell .... production assistant
Lara Kelly .... shop manager
R. Michael King .... craft service
Caryn Krooth .... set production assistant
Ilene S. Landress .... production accountant
Sandra Leoncavallo .... assistant: Ms. Mutrux
Ann-Louise Lipman .... production assistant
Maria Alaina Mason .... production assistant
Mary Kate McCormick .... production assistant
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Carlos Moore .... assistant location manager
Ric Morelli .... set production assistant
Sheila Paige .... script supervisor
Dawn Murphy Riley .... assistant production coordinator
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Meika Rouda .... production assistant
Shea Rowan .... set production assistant
Bob Rubin .... technical advisor
Alex Ruttenberg .... production assistant
Cornelia Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Redford
Alysa Shwedel .... assistant production coordinator
Jane Silberstein .... production assistant
Susan Sloan .... set nurse
Lois Smith .... public relations
Bryan Thomas .... location assistant
Judy Thomason .... assistant: Mr. Nozik
Jennifer Truelove .... office production assistant
Thomas M. Tucker .... location assistant
Tom Tumminello .... location assistant
Melissa Unger .... set production assistant
Amanda Weisenthal .... office production assistant
Rodney Barnes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Douglas Busby .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Cooper .... title designer: end titles (uncredited)
Joëlle François .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Deren Getz .... locations scout (uncredited)
Amanda Herman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Anne Lara .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Diane Modafferi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eli Roth .... assistant: Fed Zollo (uncredited)
Robin F. Samson .... location scout (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language (certificate no. 32957)
Runtime:
133 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At one point, Steven Soderbergh was offered to direct with Tim Robbins starring as Charles Van Doren.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The address written on Goodwin's legal pad does not match the street address when they visit.See more »
Quotes:
Albert Freedman:It's not like we're hardened criminals here. We're in show business.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
DANCING IN THE DARKSee more »

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42 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Polished and professional drama, 15 June 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The ratings of 1950's quiz show `21' are in freefall due to the dominance of dorky Jew Herbie Stempel. The sponsors and network owners put pressure o the producers to replace him. When WASP Charles Van Doren comes to audition for another show they offer to ask him the questions that he already answered at the practice. Herbie is told to take a dive and Van Doren becomes an audience draw. However when Herbie starts making noise about a fix, a congress employee, Dick Goodwin, decides to go after the network.

This is a glossy, professional piece of work that sadly was never as huge as hit as it deserved to be (probably not enough explosions for the US audience). The story is based on a true story that happened in the 50's and it's used here partly as a bit of history but also as a look at television in terms of it's most basic desire to sell and entertain at any costs – if that means fixing shows or getting the `right' ethnic groups on screen then s be it. It is effective on that level because it's hard to imagine anything has changed since 1950. The actual human drama comes between Van Doren and Stempel – the film makes them both real people, neither good nor bad but having a bit of both.

Turturro is the best thing in this film. His Herbie has so many levels which he must touch throughout and he does them all well – whether it's humour, pride, anger or realisation. Fiennes is good but at times I did find it hard to be sympathetic with a WASP born into a lofty family who gets more given to him. That said Fiennes did him well. Morrow was a strange choice – famous at the time for Northern Exposure, he does a weird performance here – almost doing an impression of what he thinks a tough Noo Yark investigator would be like. The supporting cast is filled out with quality so deep that even the extras are famous now! (Calista Flockhart turns up briefly). David Palmer and Hank Azaria are good as 21's producers, Christopher Mcdonald is good as the host – people like Griffin Dunne, Mira Sorvino, Timothy Busefield and Barry Levinson come and go, and Martin Scorsese has a wicked role as the money behind the scandal.

It works on many levels – at it's most basic it is a true story of great interest, at best it lets you see how television works and how men with money can rarely be reached for any wrong doing. Working on so many levels this is a polished professional drama that involves from start to finish.

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