6.8/10
4,218
57 user 16 critic

The Prize (1963)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 December 1963 (USA)
Trailer
3:28 | Trailer
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)
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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 ... Mr. Rolfe Bergh
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

People go to nudist meetings for various reasons...his was murder! [Video Australia] See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the cafe, Emily introduces herself to Andrew as "Greta Garbo." The film's cinematographer was William Daniels, who was Garbo's favored D.P. and photographed most of her American films. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Count Bertil Jacobsson: I wonder if everything will go well this time?
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter Garden
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Gelman
See more »

User Reviews

 
Give it a chance -- it will surprise you
23 April 2007 | by racliffSee 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.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Russian | English | French | German | Swedish | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prize See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed