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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
133 min

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.


Geritol. America's #1 tonic.

Geritol, the fast-acting,

high-potency tonic...

that helps you

feel stronger fast,

presents the exciting

quiz program...


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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Paul Attanasio

Paul Albert Attanasio (born November 14, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film and television producer, who was an executive producer on the television series House (2004–2012). He received Academy Award nominations for Quiz Show (1994) and Donnie Brasco (1997) screenplays. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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