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Laserdisc QUIZ SHOW 1994 John Turturro Lot#2 LTBX LD
 

Laserdisc QUIZ SHOW 1994 John Turturro Lot#2 LTBX LD

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Laserdisc Title: "QUIZ SHOW"
Edition: Letterbox Edition (Double-Disc Set)
Directed By: Robert Redford
Starring: John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, David Paymer, Paul Scofield
Production / Year: 1994 Hollywood Pictures
Running Time: 133 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Dolby Surround, Stereo, CX Encoded
Video Format: LTBX 1.85:1, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated PG-13, Close Captioned
Distributed By: Image Entertainment
Catalog / Spine Number: 2558 AS

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Very Good - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any (Discs Manufactured in Japan)
Jacket: Very Good - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no signs of spines splitting

Synopsis:
Ah, the good ol' Fifties. The time when, after decades of depression and war, people finally wanted to get on with their lives, rebuild the economy and sweep everything dark and dirty under a big rug (including the escalating arms race with the Soviet Union). When television was everybody's new best friend, and ruled by the likes of Ed Sullivan, Lassie, Bozo the Clown and Lucy ... and by quiz shows. This vigorously entertaining film, sharply directed by Robert Redford from Paul Attanasio's brilliant screenplay, is based on the game-show scandals of the 1950s, when TV quiz shows were rigged to attract higher ratings and lucrative sponsorships. The fact-based story focuses on the quiz show Twenty-One and popular contestant Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a charming, well-bred intellectual who agreed to win the game by using answers supplied by the show's producers. This unfair advantage turned Van Doren into a prototypical media darling at the expense of reigning Twenty-One champion Herbie Stempel (John Turturro, in a bravura performance), a working-class Jewish contestant who, according to the show's sponsors, had worn out his welcome in the public eye. When a congressional investigator (Rob Morrow) catches on to the scam and Stempel blows the whistle on this backstage manipulation, Quiz Show becomes a smart, political exposé about the first generation of television, the corrupting effect of celebrity and success, and the ongoing loss of innocence in American society. Bristling with superior dialogue and energized by an excellent cast including Paul Scofield as Van Doren's morally upstanding father, Quiz Show succeeds as history lesson, intelligent thriller, and morality tale, setting the stage for the countless scandals that would follow in a nation addicted to television.

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