That scene reflected how I felt inside. But being the good student and Black Catholic dependable child, I could not let that rage out. Even today, seeing Natalie Wood and Redford in INSIDE DAISY CLOVER takes me right back to those emotionally bumpy middle school years.
Take another look at Redford's QUIZ SHOW. It's a tale of truth vs. ratings, looks vs. substance. We see this played out within the medium of network TV. Charles Van Doren knew the game was rigged to capitalize on the increased ratings thanks to female viewers swooning over his charms.
Local female viewers went gaga over his handsomeness. Just two months after the premiere of our local weekend news program, Matt was taken off co-anchor duty because he was being groomed for TODAY Show stardom. Female viewers boosted ratings when they saw Matt. Before the 1990s ended, he was occasionally anchoring the network evening newscast and, later, he replaced Bryant Gumble as Katie Couric's co-anchor on TODAY. He morphed into a serious journalist and made millions until a sex scandal got him fired in 2017. Here's a trailer for QUIZ SHOW directed by Robert Redford. I highly recommend this 1994 film.
Those first times I saw Robert Redford on the big screen, he looked like he'd been kissed in his cradle by the Southern California gods. He was the walking essence of the SoCal Look. Redford was a new Hollywood Golden Boy. Even if the movie was not about him, he got top attention. In the newspaper ads and the trailer for 1969's TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE, he's seen foremost. But Willie Boy, the native American who returns to his reservation, is played by Robert Blake. OUT OF AFRICA, directed by Sydney Pollack, is about the Danish baroness who finds her independence in Africa. It's about the woman played by Meryl Streep. But who gets top billing in the credits? Robert Redford.
Redford proved to be more than just another "pretty face." He was a serious actor, director and producer who was also graced with movie star charisma. If you haven't seen them already, let me know what you think of QUIZ SHOW and ALL IS LOST after you watch. I'm going to watch ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN again and pray that the history in the final scene of that investigative journalism drama repeats itself. (Be prepared for adult language in this clip).