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.
Early in the film, when someone says that "There's a rumor Eisenhower died," Charles Van Doren's mother, Dorothy, quips, "How would they tell?" This is actually a quote from Dorothy Parker, the American writer and poet, which she said when she heard... ...
Television is gonna go on. The quiz shows are gonna go on. Makes me wonder what you hope to accomplish with all this.
Dick Goodwin: Don't worry, I'm just getting started.
Martin Rittenhome: You're a bright young kid with a bright future. Watch yourself out there.
Minutes before 'Twenty-One (1956-1958)' begins, viewers are seen turning on their TV sets, and a caption for the show comes on (instead of the previous program or some commercials). This may or may not be authentic, but after the quiz begins some late viewers turn on their TV sets, and they also get the static caption.
Charles Van Doren went to work for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Today he writes books and lives in the family home in Cornwall, Connecticut. He never taught again.
$757,714 (USA) (16 September 1994)
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