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The Prize (1963)

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

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Irving Wallace (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Andrew Craig
Edward G. Robinson ... Dr. Max Stratman
Elke Sommer ... Inger Lisa Andersson
Diane Baker ... Emily Stratman
Micheline Presle ... Dr. Denise Marceau
Gérard Oury ... Dr. Claude Marceau (as Gerard Oury)
Sergio Fantoni ... Dr. Carlo Farelli
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. John Garrett
Leo G. Carroll ... Count Bertil Jacobsson
Sacha Pitoëff ... Daranyi (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Jacqueline Beer ... Monique Souvir
John Wengraf ... Hans Eckhart
Don Dubbins ... Ivar Cramer
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Bergh
Rudolph Anders 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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Meet the Man Who Has Everything! He's got the world at his feet...a girl in his arms...and a knife at his back. It's Paul Newman finding Stockholm a nice place to love in...a tough place to stay alive in. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

Russian | English | French | German | Swedish | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El premio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Pan American jet on which Paul Newman arrives, a Boeing 707 (N704PA 'Jet Clipper Defiance') was an actual Pan Am aircraft, and it was the jet that delivered The Beatles to New York on their American debut on February 7, 1964. See more »

Goofs

Emily cautions the fake Dr. Stratman that her uncle cannot see anything closer than six feet without his glasses, but when examining the gift basket, her real uncle reads the label of a bottle of Aquavit easily without glasses, even though it is only about 18 inches from his eyes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Count Bertil Jacobsson: I wonder if everything will go well this time?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Dark Shadows: Episode #1.90 (1966) 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 mik-19See 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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