Quiz Show

Quiz Show

John Turturro
Director: Robert Redford Cast: John Turturro
John Turturro
, Rob Morrow
Rob Morrow
, Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
Robert Redford

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/1999
UPC: 0717951003492
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 2:13:00
Sales rank: 7,730

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Martin Scorsese Sponsor
Barry Levinson Dave Garroway
Michael Mantell Pennebaker
Byron Jennings Moomaw
Timothy Busfield Fred
Jack Gilpin Jack
Bruce Altman Gene
Ernie Sabella Car Salesman
Debra Monk Kintner's Secretary
Grace Phillips Mrs. Nearing
Eddie Korbich Lighting Director
Carole Shelley Cornwall Aunt
Shawn Batten Cornwall Cousin
Jeffrey Nordling John Van Doren
Vince O'Brien Edmund "Bunny" Wilson
Bill Moor Congressman Rogers
Nicholas Kepros Congressman Flynt
Barry Snider Congressman Springer
Chuck Adamson Congressman Mack
Hamilton Fish Professor At Book Party
Merwin Goldsmith Writer At Book Party
Illeana Douglas Woman At Book Party
Stephen Pearlman Judge Schweitzer
Anthony Fusco Librarian
Kelly Coffield Queens Neighbor
David Stepkin Queens Neighbor
Bernie Sheredy Reporter
Joe Lisi Reporter
Reno Woman At Door
Neil Leifer Psychoanalyst
Pat Russell NBC Secretary
Bill Cwikowski Challenger
William Fichtner Stage Manager
Ethan Hawke Student (uncredited)
Douglas McGrath Snodgrass
Richard Council Reporter #1 (uncredited)
Gretchen Egolf Student at book party
Steve Ryan NBC Employee

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director,Producer
Paul Attanasio Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Florian Ballhaus Camera Operator
Richard Dreyfuss Executive Producer
Tim Galvin Production Designer
Richard N. Goodwin Co-producer
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Sharon Ilson Makeup
Mark Isham Score Composer
Michael Jacobs Producer
Judith James Executive Producer
Julian Krainin Producer
Stu Linder Editor
Tod A. Mailand Sound/Sound Designer
Bernadette Mazur Makeup
Jeff McCracken Co-producer
Susan Moore Associate Producer
Gail Mutrux Co-producer
Michael Nozik Producer
Kathy O'Rear Costumes/Costume Designer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Production Manager
Joseph P. Reidy Producer
Gary Rydstrom Musical Direction/Supervision
Samara Schaffer Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Frederick Zollo Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:12]
2. Opening Credits [:12]
3. "Twenty-One" On Air [5:19]
4. A Problem With Stempel [5:19]
5. At Home With The Stempels [:10]
6. Just An Idea [:10]
7. Asked To Take A Dive [2:54]
8. A New Champion [4:40]
9. Celebrity/Angry Loser [3:48]
10. Stempel Sees Enright [7:13]
11. "TV Quiz Inquiry Sealed By Judge" [5:53]
12. Lunch At The Athenaeum [6:40]
13. Goodwin Sees Stempel [2:48]
14. Connecticut Visit [2:50]
15. Goodwin Sees Enright & Freedman [8:33]
16. Stempel Fesses Up [4:45]
17. Poker Game [2:58]
18. Father-Son Talk [7:33]
19. At Mr. Kintner's Office [:41]
20. Changing Of The Guard [2:24]
21. Man To Man [4:01]
22. Subcommittee Calls Herb Stempel [3:10]
23. Kintner Sees Van Doren [6:03]
24. Goodwin And The Sponsor [1:23]
25. A Subpoena For Van Doren [9:29]
26. Dad Finds Out The Truth [5:23]
27. Van Doren Testifies [4:17]
28. A Raucous Scene [3:47]
29. Enright Testifies [4:44]
30. End Credits [1:45]

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