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Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties

The book Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties was made into the movie Quiz Show.

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Book details for Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties

Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties was written by Richard N. Goodwin. The book was published in 1988 by Harpercollins. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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Movie details for Quiz Show

The movie was released in 1994 and directed by Robert Redford, who also directed Ordinary People (1980) and The Milagro Beanfield War (1988). Quiz Show was produced by Walt Disney Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, Christopher McDonald, Johann Carlo, Elizabeth Wilson, Allan Rich, Mira Sorvino, George Martin (II), Paul Guilfoyle (II), Griffin Dunne, Michael Mantell, Byron Jennings, Ben Shenkman (II), Timothy Busfield, Jack Gilpin and Bruce Altman.

 

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This vigorously entertaining film, sharply directed by Robert Redford from Paul Attanasio's brilliant screenplay, is based on the game-show scandals of the 1950s, when TV quiz shows were rigged to attract higher ratings and lucrative sponsorships. The fac... Read More
This vigorously entertaining film, sharply directed by Robert Redford from Paul Attanasio's brilliant screenplay, is based on the game-show scandals of the 1950s, when TV quiz shows were rigged to attract higher ratings and lucrative sponsorships. The fact-based story focuses on the quiz show Twenty-One and popular contestant Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a charming, well-bred intellectual who agreed to win the game by using answers supplied by the show's producers. This unfair advantage turned Van Doren into a prototypical media darling at the expense of reigning Twenty-One champion Herbie Stempel (John Turturro, in a bravura performance), a working-class Jewish contestant who, according to the show's sponsors, had worn out his welcome in the public eye. When a congressional investigator (Rob Morrow) catches on to the scam and Stempel blows the whistle on this backstage manipulation, Quiz Show becomes a smart, political exposť about the first generation of television, the corrupting effect of celebrity and success, and the ongoing loss of innocence in American society. Bristling with superior dialogue and energized by an excellent cast including Paul Scofield as Van Doren's morally upstanding father, Quiz Show succeeds as history lesson, intelligent thriller, and morality tale, setting the stage for the countless scandals that would follow in a nation addicted to television. --Jeff Shannon