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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, weaponless, alone and only ten desperate seconds ahead of the killers! See more »


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14 June 1966 (USA)  »

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The African Adventure  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cornel Wilde was careful to try to avoid harm to animals appearing in the film where possible. In the scene where the python and the monitor lizard battle, it became clear that the python was winning and the monitor was in danger. Wilde personally intervened to save the monitor lizard; the lizard bit him on the leg, refusing to let go. Crew members killed it and Wilde had to be evacuated to a hospital for treatment. See more »


When the Man starts the fire to hinder the warrior pursuers, the scene alternates repeatedly between the Man and the warrior pursuers clearly at the same spot on the same side of the fire. See more »


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One of the best movies of the 60's
13 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 16 (1966) and it has remained with me since. Upon viewing it in later life, it is still as good as it was then. This film has very little speaking in it, but the action will keep the viewer sitting on the edge of his seat until the climatic end. In short, this is a GREAT movie. It is about man's struggle against man and man's struggle against nature. It is about the fragility of man, whose arrogance and brutality lead him to believe he is superior to other men and nature. Enough philosophizing. Watch this on as large a screen as possible. By the way, Cornel Wilde was reportedly an expert swordsman.

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