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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 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
The script was originally a true historical incident about a trapper named John Colter being pursued by Blackfoot Indians in Wyoming, but lower shooting costs, tax breaks and material and logistical assistance offered by South Africa convinced Cornel Wilde and the other producers to shoot the film there. See more »
Before being attacked (when Wilde and Gert van den Bergh are talking and eating), Van den Bergh holds his mug with the left hand all the time along the talking; but in the close up scene, he holds the mug with the right one. See more »
"The Naked Prey" completely puts modern action film blockbusters from the likes of Michael Bay to absolute shame. In this modern age, Hollywood seems convinced a film can't be suspenseful without lots of flashy editing, booming music, and a script completely devoid of logic. "The Naked Prey" is an utterly minimalist film that manges to be completely thrilling throughout. The whole film deals with a safari guide running away from a tribe whom his expedition offended. There's probably only fifty lines of spoken dialog (most of which are towards the beginning), with most of the film concentrating on Cornel Wilde avoiding his predators and trying to survive in the jungle. The films lack of a complicated plot works very well and allows plenty of intelligent (if not always subtle) commentary to be included.
The film is one of a few directed by Cornel Wilde, who is more well known as an actor. The film moves at a lightning fast pace and is never anything less than suspenseful. Its easily the best film Wilde directed. As "The Man" on the run, he gives a great performance, filled with fascinating facial expressions to compensate for the lack of dialog. The actors playing the natives are never anything less than convincing as well. The film isn't a complete masterpiece, as it isn't nearly as interesting or exciting on subsequent viewings. Still, its an intelligent and not flashy action film thats entirely worth watching. (8/10)
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