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The Prize (1963)

aka The Prize

"He ordered a martini...kissed a girl...and was plunged into a nightmare of danger."

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Details: 134 mins · English, French, German, Swedish


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Small Andrew Craig
Small Max Stratman/Walter Stratman
Small Inger Lisa Andersson
Small Emily Stratman
Small Dr. Denise Marceau
No_movie_poster Dr. Claude Marceau
No_movie_poster Dranyi
No_movie_poster Dr. Carlo Farelli
Small Dr. John Garrett
Small Count Bertil Jacobsson
No_movie_poster Monique Souvir
No_movie_poster Hans Eckhart
Small Ivar Cramer, Light Henchman
Small Mrs. Bergh, Chaperon
Small Mr. Rolfe Bergh - Chaperon
No_movie_poster Daranyi
Small Prof. Walter Stratman


No_movie_poster Jerry Goldsmith Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Ernest Lehman Author
No_movie_poster William H. Daniels Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Henry Grace Set Decoration
No_movie_poster George W. Davis Art Direction
Small Mark Robson Director
No_movie_poster Pandro S. Berman Producer
No_movie_poster Irving Wallace Novel
No_movie_poster Urie McCleary Art Direction
No_movie_poster Irving Wallace Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Adrienne Fazan Editing


"He ordered a martini...kissed a girl...and was plunged into a nightmare of danger."


The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Andrew Craig (Paul Newman), who seems to be more interested in women and drinking than writing. When he arrives in Stockholm for the award ceremony, he is delighted to find that the Swedish Foreign Department has sent the beautiful Inger Lisa Andersson (Elke Sommer) as his personal chaperone. When Craig arrives at his hotel, he is introduced to another laureate, Dr. Max Stratman (Edward G. Robinson), a famous German-American physicist, who is accompanied by his niece Emily (Diane Baker).

When Craig meets Stratman for the second time, at a press conference, Stratman acts as if they had never met before and also displays a change in personality, despising photographs and being less talkative. Craig then, with no time to further talk to Dr. Stratman, has to give his interview, and in short succession admits to suffering from writer's block for years, having not even started his highly anticipated next novel, Return to Carthage, and having written pulp detective stories to pay the rent. He even suggests that he may have lost his talent. Asked for an example of developing a detective story, he suggests the possibility that Stratman may be an impostor.

The Nobel laureates for chemistry, Dr. Denise Marceau (Micheline Presle) and Dr. Claude Marceau (Gérard Oury), as well as his "private" secretary, Monique Souvir (Jacqueline Beer) are also staying at the hotel. So are Dr. Carlo Farelli (Sergio Fantoni) and Dr. John Garrett (Kevin McCarthy), the laureates for medicine.

As events progress toward the prize ceremony, Craig realizes that his offhand suggestion that Stratman is an impostor is actually the truth, and pursues the case. Unfortunately, his adversaries are able to stay one move ahead of him and cover their tracks, and due to Craig's reputation of heavy drinking and fiction writing, nobody believes him.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1963-12-25 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1964-03-20 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1964-06-22 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1965-01-25 : Denmark

Theatrical : Austria

Theatrical : 1964-03-23 : Spain

Theatrical : 1964-04-10 : Finland