PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.
Producers Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson had their names taken off the credits even though they had been instrumental in getting the film made. They settled instead for a namecheck for their production company, Baltimore Pictures. They felt that listing eleven producer ... ...
Charles Van Doren:
They gave me the answers.
Mark Van Doren: They gave you the answers... they gave YOU the answers?
Charles Van Doren: Well, no... no, at first they'd ask me questions they already knew I knew the answers to. We ran through those, and I really didn't want them to give me the answers, ...
Mark Van Doren mentions that he feels "like Leopold of Belgium, usurped by his son before his time." While true that Leopold abdicated the throne to his son, it was not because of any conspiracy or plotting from within his family, but because Leopold had become a very controversial figure after World War II and his decision to surrender to Nazi Germany in 1940. He spent six years in exile before requesting the Belgian Government to approve a law delegating royal powers to his son, Baudouin, then formally abdicated in 1951.
Richard Goodwin became a speechwriter for the 1960 Kennedy campaign and then a member of the White House staff. After the assassination of Robert Kennedy, he retired from politics to become a writer.
$757,714 (USA) (16 September 1994)
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