Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1994. Baltimore Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises. Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the book Remembering America: A Voice From The Sixties by Richard N. Goodwin. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozik, Robert Redford. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Jon Hutman. Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear. Film Editing by Stu Linder. Academy Awards 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994. New York Film Critics Awards 1994.
Robert Redford directs this awe-inspiring examination of the more “innocent” days of television. When it is revealed that a popular quiz show has been rigging its contestants with answers in order to control the outcome of the games, a nationwide court case falls upon its star player (Ralph Fiennes) who will be made to pay for the lies that have been fed to the American public. Paul Scofield has his best film role in years as Fiennes’ conscientious father, John Turturro is excellent as a fellow contestant who was dropped from the show when a better candidate came along, and Rob Morrow shines as a journalist investigating the whole thing.