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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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Dr. Claude Marceau (as Gerard Oury)
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Dr. Carlo Farelli
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Sacha Pitoëff ...
Daranyi (as Sacha Pitoeff)
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Monique Souvir
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Hans Eckhart
Don Dubbins ...
Ivar Cramer
Virginia Christine ...
Mrs. Bergh
Rudolph Anders ...
Mr. Rolfe Bergh
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Storyline

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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He ordered a martini...kissed a girl...and was plunged into a nightmare of danger (USA Theatrical) See more »


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25 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Nobel prize ceremony is held annually on Dec 10th. The weather, light and dresses in Stockholm would be different from those observed in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Inger Lisa Andersen: Mr. Craig, I hope you'll forgive me but in matters of sex, compared to the average Scandinavian you would be considered a mere amateur.
Andrew Craig: Miss Andersen will you marry me?
Inger Lisa Andersen: We have a saying in Sweden. Why settle for one dish when there's smorgasbord.
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Opening credits share the screen with newscasters from various countries announcing the Nobel prize headlines. See more »

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Winter Garden
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Music by Harold Gelman
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Consistently entertaining
8 April 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Andrew Craig, studly, anti-establishment and slightly tipsy Nobel Prize winner of literature, suspects that nationalized American physicist Stratman is not who he claims to be, and that Communist East Germany is coercing him into disowning the US.

Mark Robson is no Hitchcock, but then again, quite often even Hitchcock wasn't. 'The Prize' is certainly a consistently entertaining and worthy effort, its key scenes playing almost exactly like Hitch counterparts. Among others I loved the scene where Craig, played tongue in cheek by Paul Newman, seeks refuge from his pursuers at a nudist conference, and in order to disguise himself has an excuse to display his bronzed sixpack. And the film's climax is certainly suspenseful in the way that Hitch taught us to expect.

Quite a wonderful film, then, well-acted and well-paced. Stockholm is a beautiful venue, and the blondes seem to have fun.


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