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Director:
Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay) (front for Ben Maddow) and
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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He feared only two things on earth...the MARABUNTA...Nature's deadliest force, and his fiery New Orleans bride! See more »
Plot:
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eleanor Parker ... Joanna Leiningen

Charlton Heston ... Christopher Leiningen

Abraham Sofaer ... Incacha

William Conrad ... Commissioner
Romo Vincent ... Boat Captain

Douglas Fowley ... Medicine Man
John Dierkes ... Gruber
Leonard Strong ... Kutina
Norma Calderón ... Zala (as Norma Calderon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilar Del Rey ... Indian Wife (uncredited)

Bernie Gozier ... Gruber's Indian (uncredited)
Jerry Groves ... Gruber's Indian (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Indian (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Foreman (uncredited)
Ronald Alan Numkena ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Indian (uncredited)
Jack Reitzen ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero ... Indian Husband (uncredited)

Directed by
Byron Haskin 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay) front for Ben Maddow and
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)

Carl Stephenson (based on a story by)

Ben Maddow  screenplay (front Philip Yordan)

Produced by
Frank Freeman Jr. .... associate producer
George Pal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Everett Douglas 
 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Charles Gemora .... mechanical designer: ants (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loyal Griggs .... photographer: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Reginald Lal Singh .... technical advisor
 
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95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #16799) | West Germany:12
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The scenes where the bridges were dynamited was filmed in Florahome, Florida. A local resident died when he was thrown from his horse, which had been spooked during the explosion.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the first meeting/"confrontation" between Joanna and Christopher there comes a point in the conversation when he asks her if she is 'laughing at him.' As she turns from the dresser to face him at the very upper left corner for approx. 35 frames the moving shadow of what may well be a boom mic can easily be seen as it follows the motion.See more »
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Commissioner:Leiningen, you're up against a monster twenty miles long and two miles wide... forty square miles of agonizing death! You can't stop it!See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Heston Versus The Marabunta, 19 May 2012
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Naked Jungle is directed by Byron Haskin and based around the short story Leiningen Versus The Ants written by Carl Stephenson. It stars Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, Abraham Sofaer and William Conrad. Music is scored by Daniele Amfitheatrof and cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.

1901, South America, and mail order bride Joanna Selby (Parker) arrives at the plantation owned by her husband Christopher Leiningen. She is shocked to find life at the plantation is hardly idyllic, but not as shocked as Leiningen is when he finds out that Joanna was once married before. With his own hang ups gnawing away at him and he refusing to accept Joanna as his bride, the relationship appears to be heading nowhere. However, she's made of stern stuff, and when a swarm of soldier ants is known to be heading towards the plantation, Joanna and Chris might just find that love is actually there?

Filmed in glorious Technicolor by Laszlo and produced by George Pal (Destination Moon/The War of the Worlds/The Time Machine), The Naked Jungle seems to be a forgotten movie on the CV's of Pal and Heston. A crying shame since it's very well mounted and carries a uniqueness worthy of further delving. Perhaps it got lost in the slipstream of Them! The other Ant movie out that year? What transpires is an hour of interesting character build up, where Heston & Parker's characters take centre stage and benefit from literate writing (Philip Yordan). The sweaty backdrop of the jungle plantation keeps things on the simmer, but it's the dialect and emoting of the performers that really holds the interest. True, Heston does at times over do it with some "woe is me" acting as he looks off into the distance (he has major issues we learn), but it works because it bounces off of Parker's (a Technicolor treat for the eyes) intelligent and stoic performance.

Film then shifts to creature feature territory for the last third. Once the army of Marabunta are spied off in the distance, laying waste to everything in their path, picture has become a war involving man against nature, where if man wins? He may not only save his life, but more pertinently his soul. Heston stops the tortured emoting and sticks out is lantern jaw, squares up his shoulders and stands firm in the face of such a hostile and intelligent enemy. By his side, the wife, multi talented and brave of heart, they make quite a couple. The chemistry between the two is simmering with sexual tension, and thanks to the writing the characters are fabulously engaging and make us care about the outcome of picture. Director Haskin, too, utilises the scenery and plantation setting to frame his protagonists for maximum impact, his camera work airy and unobtrusive. While his crafting of the biblical fight against the ants is thrilling and boosted no end by marvellous effects work (John P. Fulton).

An oddity? Yes, for sure. But it's a smart and intelligent picture that successfully manages to blend the sci-fi and nature aspects with complex human characterisations. 8/10

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