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A blue-blood academic gets swept up in the quiz show scandals of the '50s.
In 1958 when television quiz shows ruled the airwaves, Charles Van Doren was the wildly popular champion of a successful TV show called "Twenty-One." A national celebrity who appeared on the covers of both "Time" and "Life" magazines, Van Doren was an American folk hero--the intellectual's answer to Elvis Presley. Week after week audiences tuned in to watch as Van Doren, a popular English instructor at Columbia University and the product of one of America's most renowned literary families, seemed to draw from his vast knowledge the correct answers to obscure questions. His charming presence seduced 50 million people into believing him. But the truth is, viewers were fooled and saw only what the network and program's producers wanted them to see. Then someone pulled the plug. When disgruntled contestant Herbie Stempel charged that the quiz game was a fraud, Congressional investigator Richard Goodwin uncovered the facts that exposed the deception, and sent shock waves reverberating across America.
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|Release Date:||1994||Production Date:|
|Color/B&W:||Distributions Co:||Walt Disney Studios Distribution|
|Sound:||Production Co:||Baltimore Pictures .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Hollywood Pictures .....Production Company, R/Greenberg Associates .....Production Company, Walt Disney Company Studio Facilities .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Walt Disney Studios Distribution .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment .....Domestic Video Distributor|
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An amazing and authentic portrait of television's first lie perpetrated on the American public. Director Robert Redford hits all the right notes in...
Outstanding and memorable
Well acted and scripted drama based upon real events which rings more true today than when it originally occured. It demonstrates the potential for...
ca boy 2006-02-12
truly inspired and truthful