The Prize

1963, Mystery & thriller, 2h 16m

10 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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A group of Nobel laureates descend on Stockholm to accept their awards. Among them is American novelist Andrew Craig (Paul Newman), a former literary luminary now writing pulp detective stories to earn a living. Craig, who is infamous for his drinking and womanizing, formulates a wild theory that physics prize winner Dr. Max Stratman (Edward G. Robinson) has been replaced by an impostor, embroiling Craig and his chaperone (Elke Sommer) in a Cold War kidnapping plot.

Cast & Crew

Paul Newman
Andrew Craig
Edward G. Robinson
Dr. Max Stratman, Prof. Walter Stratman
Elke Sommer
Inger Lisa Andersson
Diane Baker
Emily Stratman
Micheline Presle
Dr. Denise Marceau
Leo G. Carroll
Count Bertil Jacobsson
Ernest Lehman
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Critic Reviews for The Prize

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (5)

  • Criticism retreats, disarmed, before a film which hardly even allows itself to become serious about the Nobel prize.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Mark Robson's direction gives The Prize tension and humor, and a good deal of interesting characterization. The Prize should be a much discussed and popular attraction.

    December 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Prize is a suspense melodrama played for laughs. Trouble is the basic comedy approach clashes with the political-topical framework of the story.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't have a single rhythm drop. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Prize is a Cold War thriller that doesn't take itself too seriously but really should have. It's a convoluted mess of a film. The dramatic and comedic elements clash and on the whole the story feels disjointed.

    April 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For those into high-polish thrillers full of international intrigue and danger around every corner, this one's not to be missed, and a tightening of its midsection would have made it even better.

    January 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Criticism retreats, disarmed, before a film which hardly even allows itself to become serious about the Nobel prize.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Mark Robson's direction gives The Prize tension and humor, and a good deal of interesting characterization. The Prize should be a much discussed and popular attraction.

    December 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Prize is a suspense melodrama played for laughs. Trouble is the basic comedy approach clashes with the political-topical framework of the story.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't have a single rhythm drop. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Prize is a Cold War thriller that doesn't take itself too seriously but really should have. It's a convoluted mess of a film. The dramatic and comedic elements clash and on the whole the story feels disjointed.

    April 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For those into high-polish thrillers full of international intrigue and danger around every corner, this one's not to be missed, and a tightening of its midsection would have made it even better.

    January 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Prize

  • Jan 26, 2010
    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.
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  • Mar 27, 2007
    Excellent thriller with a great sense of humor
    jay n Super Reviewer

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