Quiz Show details
|Starring:||Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield, David Paymer|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Jun 2006|
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Quiz Show CheaterBy David Hamer from Blackburn, Lancs , 21 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a very odd subject for a film. It is a true story based on the 1950's scandal of NBC's quiz show rigging.
In the early days of Television, the quiz shows offered a unique chance for viewers to experience large volumes of cash exchanging hands, and make heros of the quiz show contestants. With this in mind, the quiz show producers thought it would make good television to rig the shows, and allow popular good ole' Amercian college boys to win the quiz shows.
Anyway, word got out and scandal followed. The film follows the story of one unlucky contestant who wasnt deemed worthy of being gifted the answers, and decided to take the matter further.
The film in intriguing, in a 'The Firm' kind of way. The acting is very authentic 1950 TV, and works well. This is a film well worth watching, but probably not one to watch over and over.
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quiz showBy a customer from Pontypool , 09 Dec 2008dont bother did not enjoy this film at all. only rent if you bored or need something to help you sleep.
Quirky and prescientBy Timbolatura (11 reviews) from Keighley , 14 Oct 2008This film has been a bit of a sleeper, but recent viewing confirm it as a prescient analysis of the sickness at the heart of a certain approach to TV that has become all too popular. As an an examination of the power of media to corrupt otherwise intelligent and gifted individuals it can't be beat. Paul Scofield's performance as the father of the protagonist is a gem.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Rented on the basis of outstanding reviews seen here & elsewhere.
Personally I found the film unsatisfying. The outcome was of course largely predictable, hence there was less tension that I had hoped for. I found the american accents adopted by Fiennes & Scofield irritating & unconvincing. On the other hand I almost felt the need for sub titles in the case of Rob Morrow's character. Overall I just felt an absence of empathy for any of the characters - always a killer blow. The direction of the film felt heavyhanded in the way it was trying to ram it's message home. Just not a film I felt any affection for.
insightful and profoundBy a customer from Holywell , 03 Jun 2008sounds dull but was great. a solid sunday matinee piece with great turns from tuturro and fienes.
Not really fussedBy fimfc (33 reviews) from Motherwell, Scotland , 23 Mar 2008Wasn't really fused about this film. The story and acting were ok, but it just didn't grip me. Didn't realise that it was a true story - that might have helped it I knew that before I watched it. But it isnt a film that I would recommend