Starring Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield, Mira Sorvino
In the 1950s, television was a new sensation, and I Love Lucy was the biggest show on it. Then the handsome, Charles Van Doren, an Ivy league professor from an influential family, hit it big on a quiz show called 21, and made it the most watched show in America. What happened? It was all a lie. The producers gave him the answers to ensure he never left the show. Soon it was a front page scandal, and television would be brought to trial like a communist spy. Actor turned director, Robert Redford, captures the drama of all this flawlessly. All the actors, and I mean even the ones with limited roles, are perfectly cast, the dialogue is scintillating, and the inevitable (albeit minor in the grand scheme of things) tragedy is incredibly poignant. Sharp, engaging, affecting.