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DVDuesday Bonus Features: Game Show Movies

Posted April 7, 2009 - By Ty Colfax

DVDuesday Bonus Features: Game Show MoviesSlumdog Millionaire follows the story of a ghetto kid in rural India who finds success on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? We'd like you to buzz in and check out these other movies that feature game shows as well.

Magnolia 1999 - Philip Baker Hall's portrayal of the troubled alcoholic, adulterous game show host Jimmy Gator in P.T. Anderson's masterpiece film is enough reason alone to revisit this 10-year old film or watch it for the first time, especially if you've forgotten how amazing Tom Cruise can be in the right setting. Also game show related is the storyline of Quiz Kid Donny Smith played by William H. Macy who has some of the funniest and darkest moments in the film. Sure, it's 3 hours long and there's some weird stuff in it, but it's all worth it.

Quiz Show 1994 - John Turturro plays dorky pushover Herbie Stempel in this tense thriller about a real-life cover up on a 50s game show where the prettier contestant, played by Ralph Fiennes, who had been a longtime champion on the show, was fed answers to questions. How the whole thing unfolds is really fantastic and amazing performances are turned in by everyone involved.

The Running Man 1987 - If you want to see Arnold in his heyday this is the film to do it, if you don't count Total Recall and Commando and Predator. But anyway, The Running Man is a great comic look at the future of entertainment in America as it chronicles the story of a group of prisoners put into the country's most popular game show where they have to escape a series of deadly murderers sent after them in a giant playing field. Maria Conchita Alonso is hot and Arnold is bulky and crazy like usual. Also note Richard Dawson, the real-life original host of Family Feud, who stars as the villainous host of the game show, who turns in a sweet performance as well.

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 - In this first sequel to the wildly successful Vacation film from National Lampoon, the Griswolds find themselves on the Pig in a Poke game show where they win a European family trip. Once this opening scene is over however, nothing good happens until the German chick shows her boobs to Rusty. Eric Idle falls into a big fountain on crutches and you retroactively learn that "sex" is German for six. That's really what you've got to look forward to in this one.

Just keeping you abreast, as we are want to do. You're welcome.

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  • uNCLEsAM098

    Yes... I was also looking forward to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

    Classic movie.

    Posted: April 10, 2009 9:54 AM
  • 1mikeg

    How the hell did Confessions of a Dangerous Mind not make this list? CHUCK BARRIS mf-er!!!!

    Posted: April 7, 2009 7:41 PM