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October 17, 2014 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Stop me if you've seen this one before. A desperate man on the run, fleeing a squad of hired killers, all for the entertainment of the audience of the country's most popular television show. No, of course it's not The Running Man, that would be too easy, nor is it Le Prix du Danger, the 1983 French-Yugoslav movie with the same theme, but it is based on the same 1958 Robert Sheckley story, The Prize of Peril, as Le Prix du Danger was. It's Das Millionenspiel, the 1970 West German movie which is now available on youtube in its entirety, with English subtitles.
posted by MartinWisse (6 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Basically just a riff on The Most Dangerous Game, only more a piece of mass entertainment, not just something for the rich. Available in full on archive and on youtube
posted by IndigoJones at 9:29 AM on October 17, 2014

And Can did the soundtrack?
posted by anazgnos at 9:43 AM on October 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

Elio Petri went there first with The 10th Victim (1965), starring Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni.
posted by progosk at 10:40 AM on October 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

The 10th Victim (La Decima Vittima) is the shining pinnacle of Italian filmmaking. Anything before or after it is just trash.
posted by SPUTNIK at 10:47 AM on October 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

I can't vouch for Le Prix Du Danger (yet), but I can heartily second Most Dangerous Game, which is a huge amount of fun. Worth noting that it stars Fay Wray and was filmed at the same time / shares several sets with King Kong.
posted by the bricabrac man at 5:03 PM on October 17, 2014

Those three films Le Prix Du Danger, Das Millionenspiel and The 10th Victim are all adapted from Robert Sheckley short stories!
The two first from The Prize Of Peril and the third one from Seventh Victim.
posted by L E M M at 3:27 PM on October 18, 2014

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