Quiz Show (film)

Quiz Show (film) Contestant Herb Stempel on the popular television quiz show Twenty-One in 1958 is persuaded to lose to Columbia University English instructor Charles Van Doren, who becomes the nation’s darling as he continues week after week answering difficult questions. Disgruntled Stempel blows the whistle—he reveals that the quiz show is rigged. The contestants are given the answers in advance. Congressional investigator Richard Goodwin likes Van Doren and his Pulitzer Prize-winning father, Mark, but he still doggedly pursues the investigation, and when the deception is exposed, shock waves are sent reverberating across America. Limited release in New York on September 14, 1994; general release on September 16, 1994. Directed by Robert Redford. A Hollywood Pictures film. 133 min. Stars John Turturro (Herbie Stempel), Rob Morrow (Dick Goodwin), Ralph Fiennes (Charles Van Doren), David Paymer (Dan Enright), Paul Scofield (Mark Van Doren). Based on the book Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties by Richard N. Goodwin. Filmed on location in New York. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as for Best Supporting Actor (Paul Scofield), Best Director, and Best Screenplay Adaptation. Released on video in 1995.