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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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Release Date:
14 June 1966 (USA) See more »
Stripped, turned loose like a wild beast ... a manhunt of indescribable terror and screaming suspense! See more »
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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Superb film. See more (73 total) »


  (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)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1965-1975) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1966) | Norway:16 (1966) | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2015) | UK:PG (1986) | UK:A (1965) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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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 »
Anachronisms: Set in the 19th century, a car can be seen through the bushes after Wilde gets some food after being chased.See more »
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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Superb film., 5 June 2001
Author: andre645 from Los Angeles, California

The Naked Prey is on my short list of the best films of all time. After a very few minutes, the viewer will sit on the edge of his seat for a full hour where there is virtually no dialogue. When this movie was first released 35 years ago, I drove 30 miles across town to find and see it. It was worth the trip. Years later, watching it on TV, they omitted (so as not offend the viewers' sensibilities) what was one of the most effective moments in relieving the tension in an action film I have ever seen - the burp! The next time it was shown, I had to watch and was pleased to see it was back in. Watch for it, and you will know what I mean. All of the comments by naysayers about racism should be ignored. If anything, it is one of the most anti-racist films ever made, much credit to Cornel Wilde who made, directed and starred in the film with outstanding achievement in all three areas. Previously known for his role as Fredric Chopin in "An Affair to Remember", this was also one of my favourite films. As "the prey" Wilde shows the battle not only of man against man, but man against nature in the fight for survival and in a triumphal moment at the end he salutes his pursuers who, in mutual respect, return his salute. What more egalitarian gesture can one ask for in a pursuit and a fight to the death? Recommended for all adults but for those with a weak stomach.

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