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The Naked Prey (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 14 June 1966 (USA)
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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safari | tribe | lion | hunter | warrior | See All (68) »


Stripped, weaponless, alone and only ten desperate seconds ahead of the killers! 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?


The Man asks the Little Girl if she speaks Swahili, Sesotha or Zulu. She responds that she speaks Venda--a Bantu language common to northern South Africa and southern Zimbabwe. See more »


When Wilde is set loose to be hunted he is naked, yet in close ups you can see bikini briefs that he is wearing. See more »


Referenced in Mad Men: Far Away Places (2012) 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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