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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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  (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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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: In the wider shots when the Man and the Little Girl are hiding together in the bushes from the slavers, a crew member in a reddish shirt can be seen in the bushes immediately behind them.See more »
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Referenced in Damned River (1989)See more »
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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Simple Story.....And It Works, 4 November 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Boy, this is about a simple an action story as you're going to find, but it works, and has its interesting moments. Almost the entire film is devoted to a safari guide/hunter being chased (for the kill) by members of a angry tribe. Those tribe members had been insulted by an obnoxious member of the safari group and this good-guy guide (Cornell Wilde) has to run for his life.

Along his escape for survival, we, the viewers, are treated almost to a National Geographic-type tour of the African jungle with many wild animals, crocodiles, poisonous insects, snakes and - the most species of them all: naked women!

The film looks dated here and there but it's now over 40 years old. There is not much English dialog in here, but it's not needed.

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