The Naked Prey (1965)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  14 June 1966 (USA)
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A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Gert van den Bergh ...
2nd man (as Gert van der Berg)
Ken Gampu ...
Leader of the warriors
Patrick Mynhardt ...
Safari overseer / Slave dealer / Irish soldier
Bella Randles ...
Little girl
Morrison Gampu ...
Tribe leader
Sandy Nkomo ...
Eric Mcanyana ...
John Marcus ...
Richard Mashiya ...
Franklyn Mdhluli ...
Fusi Zazayokwe ...
Joe Dlamini ...
Jose Sithole ...
Horace Gilman ...


A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari members in various creative and horrifying ways. The last surviving member is given "The Lion's Chance" by the tribal leader to be hunted down by a party of tribal warriors. Naked and weaponless he is set loose, the hunters hot on his heels, beginning a life-or-death hunt through wild Africa. Written by xlr8d1

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Stripped, turned loose like a wild beast ... a manhunt of indescribable terror and screaming suspense! See more »


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Release Date:

14 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The African Adventure  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In October 1808 fur trapper John Colter set out with another trapper, John Potts, on a trapping expedition. Foolishly, they returned to the Three Forks area in Montana, where they were able to amass almost a ton of furs. However, at Jefferson Fork they were attacked by Blackfoot Indians, who shot and killed Potts and took the furs. Colter was captured and given a chance to live. He was stripped naked and given a 30-second head start to run for his life. He outran all of the Indians except for one. When they were the only two left, Colter turned on his pursuer and in the ensuing fight took the Indian's spear and killed him with it. Colter ran for five miles across a rocky plain between the Jefferson and Madison Forks. Once he reached the Madison River, he dove under a mass of logs and beaver lodges and hid in an air pocket in the icy water until nightfall. He floated six miles downstream and climbed up a sheer cliff. He walked, still without any clothes, the 250 miles to Fort Raymond, where he arrived after 11 days. See more »


In the wider shots when the Man and the Little Girl are hiding together in the bushes from the slavers, a crew member in a reddish shirt can be seen in the bushes immediately behind them. See more »


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The Naked Prey as pure cinema
17 May 2006 | by (Charlotte, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

The Naked Prey is one of my favorite adventure movies. It is pure visual cinema. By that I mean the film can be shown anywhere in the world to any age audience without translations or sub-titles. Everyone viewing the action will understand everything that is happening on the screen whether they understand the languages or not. Like the movie Zulu, the antagonists are African tribesmen, but in both films, I never had the sense the natives were evil villains. Rather, the story is about the clash between two alien cultures, a life-or-death struggle that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Like Psycho, The Naked Prey should be taught in every film class around the world. It is perfect and pure just the way it is.

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