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Reviewed October 10th, 1999 by Staff


Robert Redford directed this movie that based on actual facts about a 1950’s TV show called “21”. John Turturro plays Herb Stempel who is the current champion of the show, but when his ratings do not get any higher, the studio asks him to purposely lose. Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Van Doren, a college teacher who comes from a well-known family. He is asked to take over as the new champion. What hardly anyone knows is that it is all about the ratings – so they give the champion the questions and answers before the show – to make sure they win. Rob Morrow plays a congressional investigator who learns that Stempel tries to turn 21 and NBC in after he is thrown off the show. Morrow befriends Doren and starts his own investigation in search of the truth. The movie has its moment of humor and is highly entertaining.

The video is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen format and is not 16x9 enhanced. Overall, the picture quality is ok but there are dirt and scratches apparent. Even the image seemed like it was not sharp enough.

The audio is presented in DD 2.0 and also does ok, but uses very little surround effects. Dialogue does seem to be clear. Nothing good or bad really about it – just your average 2.0 mix.

The only extra is a trailer for the movie. The movie runs 133 minutes and is rated PG-13.


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