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The Prize (1963)

The Prize (1963)





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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.
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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
Sacha Pitoëff
as Daranyi
Jacqueline Beer
as Monique Souvir
John Wengraf
as Hans Eckhart
Don Dubbins
as Ivar Cramer
Virginia Christine
as Mrs. Bergh
Rudolph Anders
as Mr. Bergh
Martine Bartlett
as Saralee Garrett
Karl Swenson
as Hilding
John Qualen
as Oscar
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
Jill Carson
as Nudist
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
Michel Panaieff
as French Correspondent
Felda Ein
as Swedish Woman
Britta Ekman
as Nudist
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
Annalena Lund
as Blonde
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
Lars Passgård
as Bit Part
Svend Petersen
as Swedish Bellboy
Pam Peterson
as Nudist
Sigrid Petterson
as Speaker at Nudist Meeting
Sid Raymond
as Actor
Otto Reichow
as Seaman
Gene Roth
as Swedish Man Translating Lindbloom's Phone Call
Carl Rydin
as Burly Swede
Jeffrey Sayre
as Extra at Award Ceremony
Fred Scheiwiller
as Deck Hand
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
Britta Eckman
as Nudist
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Critic Reviews for The Prize

All Critics (4)

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

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


You'd look great in a burlap bag. A group of Nobel Prize contestants arrive in town together to receive their award. A series of shenanigans breaks out in town with everyone experiencing something unique. Will the contestants receive their award and what type of trouble will the contestants get themselves in? "There are some things that should only be done in private." Mark Robson, director of Von Ryan's Express, Earthquake, Peyton's Place, Valley of the Dolls, Trial, From the Terrace, Bedlam, and Isle of the Dead, delivers The Prize. The storyline for this picture is fairly mediocre. The acting is first rate as the cast includes Paul Newman, Edward Robinson, Elke Sommer, Diane Baker, Micheline Presle, and Leo Carroll. "I find honesty irresistible in a man." "Stick around." I grabbed this off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because it starred the infamous Paul Newman. I enjoyed his performance but the storyline was boring, and a bit all over the place. Overall, this is a very average movie that isn't a must see. I'd likely skip this Newman picture. "Can you imagine putting my old body in this beautiful thing?" Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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.

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TonyPolito Polito

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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