The Prize (1963)

TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  25 December 1963 (USA)
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As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Denise Marceau
Gérard Oury ...
Dr. Claude Marceau (as Gerard Oury)
Dr. Carlo Farelli
Dr. John Garrett
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Daranyi (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Jacqueline Beer ...
Monique Souvir
Hans Eckhart
Don Dubbins ...
Ivar Cramer
Virginia Christine ...
Mrs. Bergh
Rudolph Anders ...
Mr. Rolfe Bergh


For some reason, this year's Nobel prize in literature has been awarded to the young author Andrew Craig, who seems to be more interested in women and drinking than writing. Another laureate is Dr. Max Stratman, the famous German-American physicist who comes to Stockholm for the award ceremony with his young and beautiful niece Emily. The Foreign Department also assigns him an assistant during his stay, Miss Andersson. Craig soon notices that Dr. Stratman is acting strangely. The second time they meet, Dr. Stratman does not even recognize him. Craig begins to investigate. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El premio  »

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2.35 : 1
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Bears many plot similarities, similar scenes, and actors in common with North by Northwest (1959) due to both being written by Ernest Lehman . See more »


Andrew is pushed down off the top of the Katarina elevator. Luckily, he does not hit the ground 35 meters below, but instead falls into the water a couple of hundred meters away. See more »


Andrew Craig: You speak very good English for a non-drinker, Miss?
Emily Stratman: Greta Garbo.
Andrew Craig: Hmm. Mind if I call you Ingrid?
Emily Stratman: Not at all.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits share the screen with newscasters from various countries announcing the Nobel prize headlines. See more »


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Music by Harold Gelman
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One of my all time favourite movies, still not released on dvd...
19 January 2004 | by (Roosteren, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The Prize by Mark Robson is a hugely underrated but very entertaining movie. In fact this movie is so enjoyable that I count it among my twenty (or so) favourite movies of all time. Paul Newman (witty and recalcitrant as always) plays an American writer who is about to receive the Nobel Prize for literature in Stockholm. Although his work is highly praised, he has to make a living by writing detective novels. Known for his drinking problem and his aversion to authority the Swedish Nobel organisation provides Newman with a personal host (Elke Sommer looking prettier than ever!) to keep him from doing foolish things... and ofcourse that's exactly what happens! Newman, with his fine nose for crime, discovers a case of mistaken identity (Edward G. Robinson in a fine double role) and witnesses a murder. What happens next is very similar to other great movies from the same period of time like North By Northwest or Charade. If you like those, if you like Paul Newman or Elke Sommer or... if like me you like ALL these things than this is y

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