Robert Redford directs an award-winning cast in this examination of the moral hypocrisy of 1950s America. Herbie Stempel (John Turturro) is the reigning champion of 'Twenty One', a popular television quiz show. However, the show's producers are unhappy with his nervous, mumbling manner and want to replace him with Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a more telegenic contestant. It is arranged that Van Doren will be fed the answers to the quiz before the programme, thus ensuring his success. Congressional agent Dick Goodwin (Rob Morrow) is called in to expose the conspiracy.