Quiz Show

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Quiz Show (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Quiz Show” is a drama film released in 1994, directed by Robert Redford. The movie is based on the true story of the 1950s quiz show scandals that rocked the television industry in the United States. The film features an ensemble cast, including Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, and Paul Scofield.

The story centers around Charles Van Doren, a young and charismatic academic who becomes a contestant on the popular television quiz show “Twenty-One.” As Van Doren’s popularity soars, he captivates the nation with his impressive knowledge and charm, becoming a national sensation.

However, behind the scenes, the show’s producers are orchestrating the outcomes of the game, providing the answers to favored contestants and manipulating the results for ratings and financial gain. As the truth about the rigged quiz show is exposed, it sets off a scandal that shakes the integrity of television and damages the reputation of those involved.

The film delves into themes of ethics, integrity, and the corrupting influence of fame and greed. It also raises questions about the consequences of compromising one’s principles for personal gain.

“Quiz Show” received critical acclaim for its intelligent storytelling, powerful performances, and thought-provoking exploration of media manipulation and the erosion of trust in the entertainment industry.

The movie serves as a touchstone for viewers interested in thought-provoking and historically inspired dramas that shed light on the darker side of television history. It continues to be celebrated for its excellent performances, compelling narrative, and its examination of the moral dilemmas faced by its characters. “Quiz Show” is a powerful reminder of the importance of truth, honesty, and the consequences of deception in the pursuit of success.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Box Office: $24.8 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Awards; Nominated Golden Globes
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  • Ralph Fiennes: Charles Van Doren
  • John Turturro: Herb Stempel
  • Rob Morrow: Richard N. “Dick” Goodwin
  • David Paymer: Dan Enright
  • Paul Scofield: Mark Van Doren
  • Hank Azaria: Albert Freedman
  • Christopher McDonald: Jack Barry
  • Adam Kilgour: Thomas Merton
  • Johann Carlo: Toby Stempel
  • Elizabeth Wilson: Dorothy Van Doren
  • Allan Rich: Robert Kintner
  • Mira Sorvino: Sandra Goodwin
  • George Martin: Chairman Oren Harris
  • Paul Guilfoyle: Lishman
  • Griffin Dunne: Geritol Account Executive
  • Michael Mantell: Pennebaker
  • Martin Scorsese: Martin Rittenhome
  • Neil Ross: Twenty-One Announcer
  • Barry Levinson: Dave Garroway
  • Shawn Batten: Cornwall cousin
  • Jeffrey Nordling: John Van Doren
  • Carole Shelley: Cornwall aunt
  • Le Clonche du Rand: Cornwall aunt
  • Calista Flockhart: Barnard Girl


  • Director: Robert Redford
  • Producers: Robert Redford, Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin and Michael Nozik
  • Screenplay: Paul Attanasio

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