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The Prize (1963)

The Prize (1963)

The Prize





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Based on the novel by Irving Wallace, The Prize takes place in Stockholm, where several laureates gather to accept their Nobel Prizes. At first, the film concentrates on iconoclastic novelist Paul Newman, but he is temporarily shunted to the background when physics expert Edward G. Robinson is kidnaped and replaced by his wicked twin brother. The real Robinson is to be spirited behind the Iron Curtain, while the "fake" Robinson is to disrupt the awards ceremony with an anti-American tirade. Newman gets wind of the plot, and with the help of Swedish foreign office functionary Elke Sommer, he endeavors to rescue the real Robinson and expose the phony-who has yet another trick up his sleeve before the film is over. We'll go along with the fantastic plot convolutions of The Prize, provided we don't have to swallow the premise of another man's voice emanating from that familiar Eddie Robinson mug.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Irving Wallace, Ernest Lehman
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On DVD: Jun 24, 1992


Paul Newman
as Andrew Craig
Edward G. Robinson
as Dr. Max Stratman
Elke Sommer
as Inger Lisa Andersson
Diane Baker
as Emily Stratman
Micheline Presle
as Dr. Denise Marceau
Gérard Oury
as Dr. Claude Marceau
Sergio Fantoni
as Dr. Carlo Farelli
Kevin McCarthy
as Dr. John Garrett
Leo G Carroll
as Count Bertil Jacobss...
Jacqueline Beer
as Monique Souvir
John Wengraf
as Hans Eckhart
Don Dubbins
as Ivar Cramer
Rudolph Anders
as Mr. Bergh
Martine Bartlett
as Saralee Garrett
Karl Swenson
as Hilding
Ned Wever
as Clark Wilson
Larry Adare
as Davis Garrett
Robin Adare
as Amy Garrett
John Banner
as German correspondent
Sven Hugo Borg
as Oscar Lindblom
Peter Bourne
as Swedish Man
Martin Brandt
as Steen Ekberg
Paul Busch
as Deck Hand
Carol Byron
as Stewardess
Carl Carlsson
as Swedish Visitor
Albert Carrier
as French Reporter
Peter Coe
as Officer
Noel Drayton
as Constable Ströhm
Jerry Dunphy
as American TV News cor...
Harold Dyrenforth
as Swedish Officer
Sam Edwards
as Reporter
Donald Ein
as Waiter
Michel Panaieff
as French Correspondent
Felda Ein
as Swedish Woman
Birgitta Engström
as Young Woman
Edith Evanson
as Mrs. Ahlquist
Bjørn Foss
as Swedish Man
Alice Frost
as Swedish woman
Robert Garrett
as Deck Hand
Gregory Gaye
as Russian Reporter
Sam Harris
as Extra at Award Cerem...
Erik Holland
as Photographer
John Holland
as Speaker
Fred Holliday
as Swedish Officer
Mauritz Hugo
as Speaker
Ike Ivarsen
as Swedish Speaker
Danny Klega
as Deck Hand
Anna Lee
as American Reporter
Queenie Leonard
as Miss Fawley
Margareta Lund
as Swedish Woman
Lester Matthews
as BBC News corresponde...
Grazia Narciso
as Madame Farelli
Ron Nyman
as Burly Swede
Gregg Palmer
as Swedish Commentator
Michael Panaieff
as French Correspondent
Svend Petersen
as Swedish Bellboy
Sigrid Petterson
as Speaker at Nudist Me...
Gene Roth
as Swedish Man Translat...
Carl Rydin
as Burly Swede
Jeffrey Sayre
as Extra at Award Cerem...
Teru Shimada
as Japanese Corresponde...
Bert Stevens
as Extra at Award Cerem...
Lyle Sudrow
as Swedish Reporter
Ivan Triesault
as Mr. Lindquist
Ben Wright
as British Reporter
Sigfrid Tor
as Swedish Waiter
Karen von Unge
as Hospital Receptionis...
Raanhild Vidar
as Swedish Bellboy
Sven Peterson
as Swedish Bellboy
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Critic Reviews for The Prize

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Set in Stockholm during the Nobel Prize ceremonies, the film is an unsuccessful blend of politics, international intrigues and romance, but the sight of a semi-naked Paul Newman in a nudist colony might appeal to his fans.

Full Review… | November 22, 2008

Suffers from an unevenness of tone which cannot balance the political turmoil with the sexual playfulness.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The only prize this film takes is the booby prize for crudeness.

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Newman heads the cast of this flawed but enjoyable comedy thriller based on Irving Wallace's spy yarn.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Prize

Excellent thriller with a great sense of humor

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Few are better at the rascally hero role than Paul Newman, here playing a jaded Nobel Prize novelist who has turned to drink, women, and writing dimestore detective stories. He travels to Stockholm merely to collect the $50,000 prize and meets fellow laureate physicist Edward G. Robinson, a German defector before WW II. The next day, his latent curiosity is piqued when he finds the scientist has strangely changed his behavior patterns and seems a couple inches shorter...

Entertaining Hitchcockian story that never turns too serious delivers some funny lines and provides engaging subplots and side characters.

Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

If you liked "North By Northwest," which debuted four years earlier, you'll like this film - because you can hardly tell the difference!

"The Prize" is an intentional replica/homage of NBN and similar Hitch content such as "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "To Catch a Thief" (and foreshadows "Torn Curtain"), with Paul Newman reprising the dry-wit of Cary Grant.

In fact the NBN 'art auction disruption' scene is shamelessly copy-catted, but here set inside a nudist convention meeting for additional chuckles. In it, Newman, who's allowed to hide himself inside a sauna-towel, even parrots the very same payoff line to the police: "But EYE called YOU!"

Newman's the innocent victim caught up in a murder mystery (at the Nobel Prize ceremonies) that's really none of his business. The nudist scene allows Newman to end up naked in the hotel room of semi-icy blonde love interest Elke Sommer - just as Grant did in Eva Marie Saint's room in NBN.

The screenplay comes from Ernest Lehman, who - guess what - whipped up the NBN screenplay. Another NBN parallel is the appearance of the ever-grousing Leo G. Carroll. Another Hitch vet, Diane Baker (Sean Connery's sister in "Marnie") holds a key, though more sinister, role. Even the soundtrack contains certain phrasing almost exactly duplicating that of NBN. Camerawork/costuming also extremely reminiscent.

Sorry, but this film, nearly forgotten by both Hitch and Newman fans, never DVD-released. I soaked it up courtesy of TCM; you may have to fetch the VHS issue.

TRIVIA: the basic plotline of this film was used as the framework for the 1991 Leslie Nielsen comedy/satire "Naked Gun 2 1/2."

RECOMMENDATION: OK, it's not as good as NBN, but still quite excellent knock-off entertainment. Catch it if you can.

TonyPolito Polito

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