The Prize

1963

The Prize

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A group of potential recipients of the Nobel Prize gather in Stockholm in hopes of getting the coveted and profitable award. Writer Andrew Craig (Paul Newman) is the disinterested mystery author who believe something is not quite right about Dr. Stratman (Edward G. Robinson). He has been replaced with a twin brother in a Communist plot to kidnap the celebrated doctor. Craig is tailed by two agents who are on to the scheme, and temporarily takes refuge in a nudist colony. He appeals to the secretary of the Swedish Foreign Office (Elke Sommer) and the police. Both camps believe his story to be too ridiculous to be taken seriously. Craig goes it alone, eventually finding the real doctor a prisoner on a ship bound for Russia. The two return to the awards ceremony to claim their prizes and foil the fiendish international kidnapping. The release of the film drew protests from the Swedish government, who felt it was degrading to the ceremony. The story was taken from the novel by Irving Wallace.

Cast

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 Jacobsson
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 correspondent
Harold Dyrenforth
as Swedish Officer
Sam Edwards
as Reporter
Donald Ein
as Waiter
Felda Ein
as Swedish Woman
Michel Panaieff
as French Correspondent
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 Ceremony
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 correspondent
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 Meeting
Gene Roth
as Swedish Man Translating Lindbloom's Phone Call
Carl Rydin
as Burly Swede
Jeffrey Sayre
as Extra at Award Ceremony
Teru Shimada
as Japanese Correspondent
Bert Stevens
as Extra at Award Ceremony
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 Receptionist
Raanhild Vidar
as Swedish Bellboy
Sven Peterson
as Swedish Bellboy
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Critic Reviews for The Prize

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

  • 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…

    Variety Staff

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

    March 11, 2020 | 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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