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The Prize

Released 1963
Distributor MGM

All-star cold war thrills from the writer of North By Northwest set against the colorful background of the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm. The basic plot gimmick involving dual roles for Edward G. Robinson was later lifted for a Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie, The Spy with My Face. The huge cast is tops. Britt Ekland can be spotted in her first Hollywood movie in a bit part (as a nudist, no less).

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.