Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: Quiz Show

Director: Robert Redford

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow

Year: 1994

Genre: Drama

Rated: PG-13

Length: 133 min.

IMDB Summary: Dick Goodwin discovers game shows are fixed: Charles Van Doren is fed answers so he beats Herbie Stempel.

Though a bit slow moving and lengthy, Quiz Show is worth a watch for the top-notch acting and historical accuracy. Turturro is brilliant as the socially awkward but intellectual giant Stempel, making viewers sympathize with a man whom the public saw as arrogant and disdainful. Fiennes and Morrow are also well-cast, adding life and dimension to the plot. The film moves slowly, but this may serve in its favor, allowing viewers the opportunity to contemplate, along with Van Doren, what ethical lines an average person is willing to cross, in the name of fame and fortune. If you enjoy historical drama, then Quiz Show is definitely worth your time.

For Parents:
Some strong language

My Rating:
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