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The Prize of Peril (Le Prix du danger)

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The Prize of Peril
(Le Prix du danger)
Original Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Yves Boisset
Release Date 1983
Language French
Studio Avala Film
Swabie Production
TF1 Films Production
Main Cast
Character Actor
François Jacquemard Gérard Lanvin
Frédéric Mallaire Michel Piccoli
Laurence Ballard Marie-France Pisier
Antoine Chirex Bruno Cremer
Bertrand Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Alexandre Jean-Pierre Bagot
Édouard Steve Kalfa
Jacqueline Zlata Numanagic
Arnaud Julien Bukowski

The Prize of Peril (Le Prix du danger) is a 1983 (filmed 1982) French-Yugoslavian action drama directed by Yves Boisset and adapted from the 1960 short story by Robert Sheckley. François Jacquemard (Gérard Lanvin) is a participant of the most popular TV game show: he is hunted down by a team of five pursuers. If he survives he will get an enormous cash prize. But still no participant of the show has managed to survive...

The film is the second screen adaptation of the original story after the 1970 German TV movie.

The following weapons were used in the film The Prize of Peril (Le Prix du danger):


Colt Python

All five hunters - Bertrand (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Bagot), Édouard (Steve Kalfa), Arnaud (Julien Bukowski), and Jacqueline (Zlata Numanagic) - are armed with Colt Python revolvers, as well as the hunters in the opening scene. In the scene in the subway their revolvers temporary switch to Smith & Wesson Model 15 (see below), probably because the subway scene was filmed in Paris while other scenes in Belgrad. When François Jacquemard (Gérard Lanvin) manages to overcome Bertrand, he takes the latter's revolver and uses it in the following scenes.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
One of the hunters in the previous edition of the show fires his Python at the hunted man.
A close view of the revolver in holster in the same scene.
The grip of Jacqueline's holstered revolver is seen.
Bertrand fires at François in the scene in a bar.
Édouard's revolver is seen at the background left.
Alexandre holds his revolver in the same scene.
François fires the captured revolver.
Alexandre finds out that his revolver runs out of ammo.
In the final scene François threatens the show's host Frédéric Mallaire (Michel Piccoli).

Smith & Wesson Model 15

During the episode of the hunt, set in the subway, at least Bertrand (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Bagot), Édouard (Steve Kalfa) carry different revolvers, without vent ribs and with unshrouded ejector rods, instead of Pythons that they use in previous and following scenes. Smith & Wesson Model 15 seems to be a decent guess. Most likely Arnaud and Jacqueline carry same revolvers in this scene but their guns are seen too briefly.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 with factory target grips - .38 Special
Édouard's revolver is seen.
A rather good view of Alexandre's revolver.
Bertrand's revolver seems to be the same model.


Ruger Standard / Mk I

The commercial, which is shown between episodes of the show, advertises the small arms of a fictional company. A character with the appearance in James Bond style shoots a gun that turns out to be a long barreled (probably a 6.875" version) Ruger Standard or Mk I.

Blued Ruger Standard pistol - .22 Long Rifle. The screen gun also has the tapered barrel but is much longer.
"James Bond" fires the pistol, destroying a tank with a single shot.
A close-up of the barrel and the front sight.
A view from below.

Unidentified Pistol

Female dancers in the show on the scene carry pistols in holsters and then draw them, pointing them at their partners. The pistols are seen very briefly and unclear.

The grip of the holstered pistol is seen.
A dancer draws her pistol.
A pistol is seen at the background.

Assault Rifles

M16 Style

A photo of François Jacquemard (Gérard Lanvin) during his military service shows him holding a kind of M16. The exact model hardly can be identified, but it is most likely an M16/SP1 or M16A1 or commercial Colt AR-15 SP1.

For comparison: M16 (or Colt AR-15 SP1) with an A1 "birdcage" flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
François Jacquemard (at the left) holds an M16 style assault rifle. Film director Yves Boisset appears on the photo as Jacquemard's comrade-in-arms.

Machine Guns


A KPVT heavy machine gun is seen mounted in the turret of TAB-71 APC.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
The barrels of KPVT and PKT machine guns are seen.


A PKT machine gun is also seen mounted in the turret of TAB-71 APC.

PKT machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mm R
The barrels of KPVT and PKT machine guns are seen. The PKT has the late version of the flash hider.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is mounted atop the turret of M41 Walker Bulldog tank that is seen in the commercial.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
An M41 Walker Bulldog tank is seen in the commercial.


An armored vehicle is seen on the street in the scene of the civil unrest. This is a Romanian TAB-71 APC, a license produced variant of Soviet BTR-60PB. A number of TAB-71s were purchased by Yugoslavia where this episode was filmed.
An M8 Greyhound is seen at the background on the photos of François Jacquemard and his comrade-in-arms (cameo of film director Yves Boisset).
An M4 Sherman tank is seen in the commercial.
An M41 Walker Bulldog tank is seen in the commercial.

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