Quiz Show (1994)

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Quiz Show: Directed by Robert Redford. With John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield. A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin’s investigation.

“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, sheu0026#39;d picked it out of the bargain bin at the supermarket, and what a bargain!u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt is a superb tale, I notice some have said u0026#39;who cares it was just a dumb quiz showu0026#39;, well that is hardly the point, many films are made where, what was seemingly the subject is actually just a background for the real story to be told.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eQuiz 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 didnu0026#39;t harm anyone. It doesnu0026#39;t say, u0026#39;if you do something wrong you will be punishedu0026#39;. It says u0026#39;If you do something wrong, can you live with yourselfu0026#39;. u0026quot;Itu0026#39;s the getting away with it I couldnu0026#39;t standu0026quot; Charlie says at one point.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eA classical tragedy of a man with the world at his fingertips who throws it all away at his own volition. As a classical Shakespearean actor Fiennes is perfect for the role.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eA wonderful intelligent and literate script, the pieces between Charlie and his father in the Athanaeum and at the picnic are wonderful.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSubtle music and stylish presentation are the icing on the cake.”

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