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The Naked Prey -- Cornel Wilde is Man, the great white hunter whose safari is wiped out by angry tribesmen. Impressed with his bravery, they give him a chance to save his life. He is stripped of clothes, weapons and given a head start. Then for four days he struggles to survive with the village's best lion killers in close pursuit. But can he keep a few seconds distance between himself and pursuers' spears?

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14 June 1966 (USA) See more »
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Stripped, turned loose like a wild beast ... a manhunt of indescribable terror and screaming suspense! See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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I dont think this is a racist film See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cornel Wilde ... Man
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 ... Warrior
Eric Mcanyana ... Warrior
John Marcus ... Warrior
Richard Mashiya ... Warrior
Franklyn Mdhluli ... Warrior
Fusi Zazayokwe ... Warrior
Joe Dlamini ... Warrior
Jose Sithole ... Warrior
Horace Gilman ... Warrior

Directed by
Cornel Wilde 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clint Johnston 
Don Peters 

Produced by
Sven Persson .... co-producer
Cornel Wilde .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edwin Astley (uncredited)
Andrew Tracey (uncredited)
Cornel Wilde (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
H.A.R. Thomson 
 
Film Editing by
Roger Cherrill 
 
Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Basil Keys .... production supervisor
John D. Merriman .... production manager (as John Merriman)
Dawie van Heerden .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Edu Masuch .... construction manager
Andrew T. Motjuoadi .... painter: title backgrounds
 
Sound Department
Luke Broadley .... assistant sound recordist
James Chapman .... sound recordist
Len Shilton .... dubbing mixer
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Freda Thompson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Archie Ludski .... music editor
Andrew Tracey .... musical advisor
 
Other crew
Muirne Van Wyk .... continuity (as Muirne Mathieson)
 
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96 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1965-1975) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1966) | Norway:16 (1966) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (1986) | UK:A (1965) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18
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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 »
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Errors in geography: Shortly after the chase begins, the man sees a bearded dragon, which is native to Australia, not Africa.See more »
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55 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
I dont think this is a racist film, 7 April 2001
Author: rabbitfist

A lot of comments hear say that this movie is obviously racist.

I think this an nervous knee jerk reaction. It definitely dose not put a phony PC spin on colonial Africa but that doesn't mean it is racist.

Certainly the racism of the safari leader who refuses to respect the tribe with a gift is portrayed and is most likely accurate. It should be noted that the rest of the movie is a direct result of this racist white mans ignorant arrogance and that the hero knows better and tries to warn him. It is improbable that one man, out of his element, could over come his pursuers who must know the terrain better and have more experience hunting and fighting with spears, however I think this is not an attempt to portray the white man as superior but a convention of action movies (heroes can always dodge bullets). The idea that this movie portrays all Africans as savages is based on the assumption that the pursuers are representative of ALL Africans which is a bit racist in itself. They are a particular tribe. Africa is a big continent full of many different nations and tribes. There are other Africans present including those in the safari party, who are not shown to be savages. There are also two other tribes depicted towards the end. One is the village that the man comes upon. These people wear dyed clothing and seem to have a more advanced, structured, and less violently primal, society. The white mans life is saved by a child from this more peaceful tribe. They are attacked by another tribe, obviously working for colonial slave traders, who wear more modern clothing and have guns. This really happened. Some Africans at war with other Africans would sell their conquered foes to the white slave traders.

When will people learn that portraying racism in all its ugliness and complexity is not equivalent to being a racist. The man who plays the hero was also the director. he is a white man and the story is told from his perspective but not exclusively. Part of the films context is that of cultures colliding, both European with African, and African with African. Another important point to this movie is that this is an educated, civilized man who is (literally) stripped of all the trappings of his civilization and thrust into the primal, and universal, struggle of shear survival. Im no expert on Africa but from what little I have read about its history, the movie, while a simple tale in itself, did not seem to over simplify its portrayal of Africa. I suspect that, quite far from being racist, the makers of this film probably had a respect for African culture. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

Over all I found it to be well acted. Even though the film makers did not have had a big Hollywood budget and may have used some stock wild life footage, it seemed to blend seamlessly. As far as the chicken chasing scene, I liked how comic it was. In reality a starving man, desperately chasing a chicken around with a spear would probably look pitifully comical and I believe the irony is intentional.

I recommend this film. I found it to be very original but if forced to describe it I would say its a mixture of Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout (though not as pretentious) and Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

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