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The Prize (1963)

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Swedish | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El premio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roxbury Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

When Dr. Max Stratman sustains a cardiac arrest, he is resuscitated with a pair of electrical wires. Defibrillation alone is insufficient to resuscitate a patient who has sustained a cardiac arrest; oxygen flow to the lungs must also be sustained, which they failed to do using mouth-to-mouth respiration. See more »

Quotes

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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The Villa
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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 billwoltersSee 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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