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Quiz Show (film) Quotes

Quiz Show (film) is a television show that was first aired in 1970 . Quiz Show ended in 1970.

It features Robert Redford as producer, Mark Isham in charge of musical score, and Michael Ballhaus as head of cinematography.

Quiz Show (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Quiz Show (film) is 133 minutes long. Quiz Show (film) is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The cast includes: Ralph Fiennes as Charles Van Doren, Paul Scofield as Mark Van Doren, John Turturro as Herbie Stemple, Mira Sorvino as Dick Goodwin, Allan Rich as Kitner, Johann Carlo as Toby Stempel, Hank Azaria as Albert Freedman, Christopher McDonald as Jack Barry, Elizabeth Wilson as John Van Doren, Mira Sorvino as Sandra Goodwin, Paul Guilfoyle as Man 1, Elizabeth Wilson as Dorothy Van Doren, Paul Guilfoyle as Man 2, David Paymer as Dan Enright, David Paymer as Enright, Martin Scorsese as Martin Rittenhome, and Neil Ross as Announcer.

Quiz Show (film) Quotes

Paul Scofield as Mark Van Doren

  • (Paul Scofield) "Why don't you just put it in the bank Charlie? That's what I've always done with my prize money."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "It's just, you don't understand dad, it's, there are all sorts of tax implications"
  • (Paul Scofield) "You Think I can't understand the concept of taxes."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "At this level it's a bit more complicated."
  • (Paul Scofield) "And at my level? I never thought of myself as having a level. What level might that be?"
  • (Paul Scofield) "Now see summer bloom upon this lee, three score rings around this tree, once green, now bare, once lush, now sere, consoled only that I am planted here --"
  • (Elizabeth Wilson) "You certainly are."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Roots thick --"
  • (Thomas Merton, The Monk) "And bold --"
  • (Paul Scofield) "And deep --"
  • (Elizabeth Wilson) "And doddering --"
  • (Paul Scofield) "Assuage my woes --"
  • (Bunny Wilson) "And termites nibbling at my toes."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Et tu, Bunny."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Cheating on a quiz show? That's sort of like plagiarizing a comic strip."
  • (Paul Scofield) "If you look around the table and you can't tell who the sucker is, it's you."
  • (Paul Scofield) "I'm sorry, Charlie. I'm an old man, it's all a little difficult for me to comprehend."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "It's television, Dad. It's -- it's just -- just television --"
  • (Paul Scofield) "You make it sound like you didn't have a choice."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "What was I supposed to do at that point, disillusion the whole god**** country?"
  • (Paul Scofield) "Charlie, you took the money."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "Yes, yes, I took the money."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Is that what this was about?"
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "No -- no, um, I don't know --"
  • (Paul Scofield) "It was a god**** quiz show, Charlie."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "An ill-favored thing, sir --"
  • (Paul Scofield) "This is not the time to play games."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "At mine own, it was mine."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Your name is mine."
  • (Unnamed) "Professor Van Doren, I took your course at Columbia; "Hawthorne, Original Sin, and the American Experience". Well, as silly as it sounds, it changed my life."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Was it the Hawthorne or the sin?"
  • (Paul Scofield) "Your name is mine."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Charlie, from what I understand, it's just a bunch of frauds showing off an erudition they really didn't have. All you have to do is --"
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "The problem is, Dad, is that it seems I was one of those frauds."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life."

Mira Sorvino as Dick Goodwin

  • (Mira Sorvino) "I thought we were gonna get television. The truth is -- television is gonna get us."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "There's absolutely no need to drag the man into the spotlight."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "You dragged Herb Stempel into the spotlight."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "Stempel? The man has to be dragged from the spotlight with his teeth marks still on it."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "Excuse me. Do you think he might see me before the peacock molts?"
  • (Kintner's Secretary) "Who are you with again?"
  • (Mira Sorvino) "I'm with the United States Congress. Perhaps you've heard of them."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "You're to receive the questions in advance, and I'm to thank you for the courtesy of attending this hearing."
  • (Martin Scorsese) "Mercy. What a grueling line of inquiry."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "Must have a familiar ring; the questions in advance."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "I asked myself, "why would he do this, he knows I'll come after him?" Then it occurred to me. He knows I'll come after him."

Johann Carlo as Toby Stempel

  • (Johann Carlo) "I know what you're gonna accomplish, I just don't know what he's gonna accomplish."
  • (John Turturro) "You want to know what? If I do nothing else I will convince them that Herbert Stemple knows what won the God-damned Academy Award for best God-damned picture of 1955; that's what I'm gonna accomplish."
  • (Johann Carlo) "My mother wants to know why you only went for eight on the movies."
  • (John Turturro) "Because my real expertise is pain-in-the-ass in-laws, all right?"

Neil Ross as Announcer

  • (Neil Ross) "Geritol. America's #1 tonic. Geritol, the fast-acting, high-potentcy tonic, that helps you feel -- stronger -- fast -- presents the exciting quiz program -- "Twenty-One." Brought to you by NBC, The National Broadcasting Company, broadcasting nationally coast to coast, from New York to Los Angeles, from Seattle to St. Petersburg -- via a vast network of affiliates crisscrossing the country. Coming up next, "Twenty-One," starring master of ceremonies Jack Barry."
  • (Neil Ross) "Two players racing to score 21 points -- each in a soundproof television studio, not knowing the other one's score -- with $500 riding on each point -- as they both play -- "Twenty-One.""
  • (Neil Ross) "And here's your host -- Jack Barry."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Good evening. I'm Jack Barry. Due to a series of ties, Herbert Stempel, our 29-year-old ex-G.I. college student, must play at $3,000 a point, which means that in a few brief minutes, he can either win as much as $100,000; the most money won on television to date; or lose everything he's won in the last eight weeks."
  • (Unnamed) "You nervous?"
  • (John Turturro) "It's only money."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Isolated in their soundproof studios, neither player is aware of the other's score. I've been assured by our friends at the encyclopedia -- that they've concocted some real brain-breakers this week, so we'll find out in the next 30 minutes -- if the unstumpable Herbert Stempel can be stumped. Could I have the questions, please?"
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Thank you, gentlemen. Remember the questions on "Twenty-One" are secured each week in a Manhattan bank vault 'til just before show time. So right now, let's meet Herbert Stempel and his challenger as Geritol, America's #1 tonic, presents "Twenty-One.""

John Turturro as Herbie Stemple

  • (John Turturro) "Come on, they're a Jewish delicacy. Before Toby eats it."
  • (Johann Carlo) "I'm retaining water, for your information."
  • (John Turturro) "You and the Grand Coulee Dam."
  • (John Turturro) "That box is the biggest thing since Gutenberg invented the printing press, and I'm the biggest thing on it."
  • (John Turturro) "You know what the problem with you bums is? You never leave a guy alone unless you're leaving him alone."
  • (John Turturro) "You wanna be worshipped? Go to India and moo."
  • (John Turturro) "And they love me for the same reason they used to hate me, because I'm the guy who knows everything."
  • (John Turturro) "Come and see Herbie Stempel get thrown to the Columbia lions. Watch Charles Van Doren eat his first kosher meal in his life."
  • (John Turturro) "I love my wife, but it's like living with a plague of locusts."

Ralph Fiennes as Charles Van Doren

  • (Ralph Fiennes) "I've stood on the shoulders of life and I've never gotten down into the dirt to build, to erect a foundation of my own. I've flown too high on borrowed wings. Everything came too easy."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "Dad, I can't simply just tell them the truth."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Can't tell them the truth? Why on earth not?"
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "Because it's complicated."
  • (Paul Scofield) "Complicated?"
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "I've been swarmed by stockbrokers lately; I feel like a girl with a bad reputation."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) ""So pure it floats", hmm?"

Martin Scorsese as Martin Rittenhome

  • (Martin Scorsese) "Television is gonna go on. The quiz shows are gonna go on. Makes me wonder what you hope to accomplish with all this."
  • (Mira Sorvino) "Don't worry, I'm just getting started."
  • (Martin Scorsese) "You're a bright young kid with a bright future. Watch yourself out there."

Hank Azaria as Albert Freedman

  • (Hank Azaria) "If you were a kid, would you wanna be an annoying Jewish guy with a side wall haircut?"
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "Well I wanted to be Joe Dimaggio."
  • (Hank Azaria) "Oh yeah, me too. Especially after he signed for that hundred grand."
  • (Hank Azaria) "It's not like we're hardened criminals here. We're in show business."

Christopher McDonald as Jack Barry

  • (Christopher McDonald) "Herb Stemple, you lead at this point by 18 to 11. The category is movies, how many points do you wish to try for?"
  • (John Turturro) "I'll try 3, three points."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Which would give you 21 points if you guess right and you will be the winner again."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Which motion picture won the Academy Award for 1955?"
  • (John Turturro) "1955 -- Academy Award -- Best Picture. Hmmm, you know -- I don't remember."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Eleven points will bring you to 21 and you will be our new champion. Because of a disagreement with his commanding general, Ulysses S. Grant was virtually placed under arrest for a brief time early in 1862. Who was the commanding general of the Union army at that time? Tough question."
  • (Ralph Fiennes) "Just so oddly familiar."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "My light okay? My nose doesn't look big?"
  • (Unnamed) "You look great Jack."
  • (Christopher McDonald) "Last week I looked like a sun dial."

Allan Rich as Kitner

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David Paymer as Enright

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