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In the driving scenes, we can see that cars drive on the left side of the road, as in England. On September 3, 1967, four years after the release of this movie, Sweden switched to having cars drive on the right side of the road. Ironically, most cars shown have left hand drive, anyway, as in America. The reason for this is that western car manufacturers saw little profit in producing specialized right-hand drive models for the relatively small Swedish market. See more »
Emily cautions the fake Dr. Stratman that her uncle cannot see anything closer than six feet without his glasses, but when examining the gift basket, her real uncle reads the label of a bottle of Aquavit easily without glasses, even though it is only about 18 inches from his eyes. See more »
Turning an Irving Wallace story into a homage to Hitchcock?
If you have read the book, what the film has to offer is unfortunately a replay of what Hitchcock created in 1959.
Ernest Lehman was the script writer for Hitchcock's "North by northwest." I was surprised that two scenes from the classic were modified by Lehman for "The Prize". The famous scene of Cary Grant being almost killed by a plane in the open field is replayed here with Paul Newman being terrorized by a car on an empty bridge at night. A few minutes later into the film Lehman replaces the auction sequence in the Cary Grant film with Newman in a nudist conference. If you have seen the Hitchcock film you know what follows. Was it a homage to Hitchcock or was Lehman suffering a bout of creativity loss? Or was Director Mark Robson a die hard Hitchcock fan?
The book, pulp fiction at its best, made good casual reading. The film is good to pass the time, watching Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson re-enacting roles similar to what they have enjoyed playing so often. The wisecracks (thanks to Irving Wallace) make the otherwise dumb and predictable film worth your time.
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