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The Prize (1963)

TV-PG | | 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.

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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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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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Crazy Credits

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

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Give it a chance -- it will surprise you
23 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson struck me as a curious combination, so I chose to watch "The Prize" not having any idea what it was about.

This story about a number recipients in Stockholm about to receive their Nobel Prize, will show how their lives are intertwined in the days prior to the annual event. It is a mystery story that I almost gave up on after a handful of minutes -- my own fault for being impatient. A flower takes time to blossom, and so does a movie that is over 40 years old. But I am glad I didn't switch it off.

The intrigue does start to capture after a while and the insights the viewer is granted are satisfying, while our hero is denied these sensations as no one believes him. The 21st century participant of this drama may find parts predictable, but it is very enjoyable, even if a little dated.

Paul Newman gives everything you would expect. And you could say the same for Elke Sommer, since I wouldn't expect anyone to describe her as a terrific actor -- good performance for her, and she always wonderful to look at. I would have enjoyed more screen time by Edward G. Robinson in this role that had him more timid than I am accustomed to.

I recommend this movie to everyone that enjoys these actors, although one viewing is probably enough.


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