Quiz Show

Synopsis: An idealistic young lawyer working for a Congressional subcommittee in the late 1950s discovers that TV quiz shows are being fixed. His investigation focuses on two contestants on the show "Twenty-One": Herbert Stempel, a brash working-class Jew from Queens, and Charles Van Doren, the patrician scion of one of America's leading literary families. Based on a true story.
Director(s): Robert Redford
Production: Buena Vista Internationa
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 28 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
88
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
PG-13
Year:
1994
133 min
621 Views


Coming to air in ten,

- nine, eight, seven,

- Stand by, timpani.

Stand by, opening film.

- Stand by, music. Stand by, announcer.

- six, five,

- four, three, two, one.

- Cue the timpani.

And fade up.

Announce.

Geritol. America's #1 tonic.

Geritol, the fast-acting,

high-potency tonic...

that helps you

feel stronger fast,

presents the exciting

quiz program...

Twenty-One.

Brought to you by NBC, the

National Broadcasting Company,

broadcasting nationally

coast to coast,

from New York to Los Angeles,

from Seattle

to St. Petersburg...

via a vast network of affiliates

crisscrossing the country.

Coming up next, Twenty-One,

starring master of ceremonies

Jack Barry !

Two players

racing to score 21 points,

each in a soundproof

television studio,

not knowing

the other one's score,

- with $500 riding on each point...

- Damn it !

as they both play...

Twenty-One !

And here's your host,

Jack Barry !

[ Applause ]

Good evening.

l'm Jack Barry.

Due to a series of ties,

Herbert Stempel, our 29-year-old

ex-G.l. college student,

must play at

$3,000 a point,

which means that

in a few brief minutes,

he can either win as much as

$100,000, the most money

won on television to date,

or lose everything he's won

in the last eight weeks.

- You nervous ?

- [ Chuckling ]

lt's only money.

lsolated in their

soundproof studios,

neither player is aware

of the other's score.

l've been assured by our friends

at the encyclopedia...

that they've concocted

some real brain-breakers this week,

so we'll find out

in the next 30 minutes...

if the unstumpable

Herbert Stempel can be stumped.

- Could l have the questions, please ?

- [ Drumroll ]

Thank you, gentlemen. Remember,

the questions on Twenty-One

are secured each week...

in a Manhattan bank vault

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