- Actores: John Turturro, Paul Scofield, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow
- Directores: Robert Redford
- Formato: Color, DVD, PAL, Pantalla ancha
- Audio: Inglés (Dolby Digital 5.1), Francés (Dolby Digital 5.1), Castellano (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtítulos: Inglés, Francés, Castellano, Holandés
- Región: Región 2 (Más información sobre Formatos de DVD.)
- Relación de aspecto: 1.85:1
- Número de discos: 1
- Calificación española (ICAA): Apta para todos los públicos
- Estudio: The Walt Disney Company Iberia S.L
- Fecha de lanzamiento: 9 oct 2002
- Duración: 127 minutos
- Valoración media de los clientes: 5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ver todas las opiniones (3 opiniones de clientes)
- ASIN: B0055KL7DY
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº54.841 en Cine y Series TV (Ver el Top 100 en Cine y Series TV)
Quiz Show (El Dilema) [DVD]
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Ralph Fiennes y John Turturro interpretan a dos concursantes enzarzados por conseguir el dinero y la fama que proporciona un programa concurso de máxima audiencia: “el Veintiuno”. Pero cuando comienzan los rumores de que el programa está manipulado y que a los concursantes se les dan las respuestas, esto deja de ser un simple juego. Ahora, los concursantes, productores y la propia cadena de televisión están involucrados en el escándalo del siglo. Basada en una historia real que conmocionó a una nación.
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In the quiz show scandals, Charles Van Doren, an upper class educator from a distinguished literary family, overtook the national attention by unseating Herb Stempel, an equally educated but idiosyncratic, working class joe, by having the answers fed to him, in the quiz show $64,000.00 Question. Stempel had also had the answers fed to him, but regretted it and later attempted to expose the fraud. Van Doren never did. Once on the cover of Time magazine, Van Doren became a national disgrace. This movie is graced with fine performances of all around.
Charles Van Doren is living proof that intellectual acuity and upper class upbringing does not equate moral rectitude.
The crucial point of the film is when the Van Doren family and friends are leisurely enjoying an afternoon meal in their tony, country estate. While the tony guests are cheerfully talking, Charles Van Doren, a main protagonist, quotes from Much Ado About Nothing:
What men dare do,
What men may do,
What men daily do,
Not knowing what they do.
This quotation becomes the metaphor for this movie and of the entire quiz show scandal.
Indeed, the makers of the $64,000.00 Question dared to present a phony quiz show, and rather than have the contestants achieve their riches through merit, rigged the game in the avowed aim of giving the viewing audience a good show.
The federal prosecutor, Richard Goodwin, dared to start Congressional investigations for possible federal law violations. In order to do so, he found it necessary to ingratiate himself with the Van Dorens and their ilk, taking care not to get too close. The viewer — and the Goodwin character — at times is left with the impression that sometimes he got too close.
Herb Stempel, the every-day, common man, dared to expose the scandal in his own foible ridden, imperfect way.
Charles Van Doren, on the other hand, went along with the fix, and indeed, for all his education, erudition, and privilege, did not realize, until, that is, when it was too late, that the entire process was wrong, exposing the moral bankruptcy of his class. The entire picture is summarized by the comments of Congressman Derounian, who, at the Congressional hearings commented, both in the movie and in the actual hearings, that Charles Van Doren should not be commended for telling the truth.
Van Doren thus became an embarrassment to the nation and his class and has largely lived outside of the national spotlight ever since. This movie can be seen as a moral, political and social allegory, a narrative of events, or of a simple example of human hubris, and it is even more poignant because it is based on actual events. It works well on many levels.
Doing whatever it takes for the cause of education is worth it. C.Van Don was inspiring and motivating kids to do their homework; so-instead of being crucified, he should have been protected.
[In the best interest of education.- Intelligent movie themes are worthwhile watching whether fictionalized o not.]
True story, good script, great directing by Redford and topnotch acting from Fienne, Turturro and Morrow, and supporting cast Paymer and Azaria among all the other great cast members. Quick one liner from a very young Ethan Hawke.
You can't go wrong with this film. It is a classic that will stand the test of time.
Now in the 1950's quiz shows were all the rage on network television. Shows like "21" and "The $64,000 Question" drew upwards of 50 million viewers each week. It is difficult to imagine those kinds of numbers in this day and age where the audience is so fragmented In any event, there was enormous pressure on network executives to keep these shows fresh and interesting to the audience. The networks quickly discovered that one of the best ways to achieve this end was to manipulate the results. In that way a certain number of these contestants would be sent packing before audiences grew tired of them. This strategy was quite successful for a number a years before one estranged contestant decided to blow the whistle on all of it. "Quiz Show" recalls in a very compelling way the people and events surrounding this scandal. This is a film that commands your undivided attention from the outset and simply never lets go!
There are really three principal charactors in "Quiz Show". John Turturro stars as Herb Stempel, the thirtysomething Jewish contestant who was the reigning champion on "21". To be kind, despite winning for several weeks in a row Herb proved to be about as charismatic as a mortician. The sponser was calling the network demanding that Herb be "replaced". Enter one Charles Van Doran (played by Ralph Fiennes), a handsome, highly educated and captivating young man who possessed all of the charactoristics that both the sponser and the network were looking for. Would he be willing to "play the game" and be fed the answers? At first he resisted but the allure of fame and fortune proved to be too much. In order to make this all happen producer Dan Enright (David Paymer) must convince Stempel to deliberately miss a question. Stempel is outraged but reluctantly agrees and Van Doran would become the new champion. In the ensuing weeks the ratings would go through the roof and Charles Van Doran would become a household name. Meanwhile, Herb Stempel, who is now nothing more than yesterday's news is seething. His celebrity is gone and the network has refused to make good on a deal he struck with them to throw that question and end his reign as "21" champion. Totally frustrated, Stempel goes to the authorities and tells all.
It is at this point that Redford introduces us to the third major player in this saga. Dick Goodwin finished at the top of his class at Harvard Law School. Although he realized that he was one day destined for big things on Wall Street he decided that he wanted to pursue other avenues first. He goes to work as an investigator for a Congressional subcommitee and finds the work to be rather mundane. All of that changes rather dramatically when Goodwin (played by Rob Morrow) begins to suspect there just might be something fishy about some of these TV quiz shows. Goodwin is a feisty and persistant son-of-a-gun who relentlessly pursues the investigation. Eventually, he catches up with both Stempel and Van Doren and the whole tangled web slowly and painfully begins to unravel. All three men are conflicted about their roles in this drama and soon Goodwin discovers that there are forces at the highest levels of both the government and corporate America that are out to discredit him.
Although the film was criticized for taking some "artistic license" Robert Redford stands by his portrayal of these historic events. "Quiz Show" features outstanding acting and a terrific script. In my opinion this was one of the finest films made in the 1990's. Very highly recommended!
The Actors in "Quiz Show" play their characters realistically and creatively. The script was brilliant and perfectly delivered by everyone in front of the cameras. Support crews were perfect. Every detail seemed to be connected and complete. A thoroughly professional group effort.
The story is probably known by most of the viewers, but just in case you're not, in a nutshell... winning contestants are given the answers to the questions on this popular game show. Eventually, this illegal practice is discovered, investigated and finally, was the basis for the restructuring of television games shows.
I think that Ralph Fiennes did a marvelous job with his role of braniac to T.V. celebrity.