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The Prize of Peril

The Prize of Peril

A Feature film by Yves Boisset

Produced by Cathala Productions, TF1 Films Production, UGC Images, Swanie Productions

Release in France : 26/01/1983

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Avala Films

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Based on a Robert Sheckley tale, the action is brought about by a television show invented by money-motivated executives with ratings on the brain. The idea is to choose someone from the vast sea of the unemployed and cast them as the "hunted," while five others are the "hunters." The prey receives a million dollars if he or she can outsmart the five hunters, and a hunter gets $100,000 for finding and killing their human target. François Jacquemard (Gerard Lanvin) is chosen to be the man who has to outsmart the five hitmen, and when he proves to be too good at it, the TV executives have to find a way to outsmart him. All the drama, from beginning to end, is played out under the watchful eyes of multiple TV cameras, on the ground and in the air, while blood-thirsty viewers stay glued to their sets like Romans watching the gladiators -- but unlike the Romans, they are regularly interrupted by those annoying commercial breaks.

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Full credits (15)

Executive Producer :

Norbert Saada

Dialogue Writer :

Jean Curtelin

Screenwriters :

Jean Curtelin, Yves Boisset

Assistant Operators :

Sylvie Carcédo, Alain Choquart

Editors :

Michelle David, Nicole Gauduchon, Élisabeth Guido

Production Designer :

Serge Douy

Costume designer :

Jacques Fonteray

Location Manager :

Jacques Schaeffer

Assistant directors :

Marc Angelo, Paolo Barzman

Author of original work :

Robert Sheckley

Director of Photography :

Pierre-William Glenn

Production Manager :

Georges Valon

Continuity supervisor :

Claudine Taulère

Music Composer :

Vladimir Cosma

Still Photographer :

Paul Apoteker

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Feature film

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Yugoslavia, France

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Majority French (Yugoslavia, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 35 min

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