Precisely the same offense for which they once, quite properly, condemned Dan Enright. Why are we effectively saving a falling Icarus? All status of martyrdom disappears in light of financial victory; in fact money made fools of the entire country, Quiz Show seems to affirm.
From an ethical standpoint, it is about truth vs.Just look at how quick we are to give out lavish commendations to wrongdoers for simply finally telling the truth. Quiz Show [Motion picture]. And many kids were no longer allowed to play with me. But the irony is lost on Robert Redford. Why not just make the questions easier? The early quiz shows rewarded knowledge, and made celebrities out of people who knew a lot of things and could remember them. Not even at the very end in tiny letters. At the same time, the movie carries none of the familiar fictional content disclaimers. Various bits of trivia were the game's immediate currency as players strived for a score of Oh, yes, Charles Van Doren was wrong to take the answers and play the game. Just like its television counterpart. The NBC and sponsoring Geritol officials covertly enforce this behavior. And for precisely the same reason. And now O. Van Doren, who has refused to talk about these events and remains out of reach.
Redford's own acting career has helped make the heroics of the lone investigator look so familiar. But "Quiz Show" is too good to make them easy villains.Drama was high in the studios and in homes all across America as new faces dominated the screen in cycles of a few weeks and captured the curiosity of the American people. People found them to be new, exciting, and similar to the captivating radio quiz shows so popular before television's advent. This gave the viewer the impression that no one saw the question before Jack the host received them from the guards weekly. Played straight, the story would be much more dramatically complicated and much less morally convenient. This was the beginning of our letting things go. Truth really stands on a lower pedestal than money talks in Redford's depiction of the quiz show scandals. Van Doren only faced consequences where it regarded his public persona and subsequent influence. The service was established—and continues to operate—in a top-down manner, similar to most corporate, capitalist enterprises. For once, the smart man or woman is admired instead of teased. The early quiz shows rewarded knowledge, and made celebrities out of people who knew a lot of things and could remember them. A grating know-it-all named Herbert Stempel won for weeks on "Twenty-One," partly because he was being given the answers. One hallmark of this film's high caliber is that its smaller performances are impeccable. Not mentioned: that he married a woman he had hired to answer fan mail. And everyone's ears prick up at the mention of Charlie's substantial winnings. Quiz Show attempts to badger us with the question: Why did America have such a hard time accepting the game of deception perpetrated by NBC executives?
An inspector or a lawyer, Richard Goodwin, noticed that there is some deception in the game. So they broke the news to him: He'd had a free ride long enough, and now it was time to lose.
There is a theological belief that it is a greater sin to tempt than to be tempted, and this movie firmly reminds us of that.