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The Naked Prey
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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 »
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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Disturbingly Realistic 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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 (nf) (cut)
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Trivia:
Cornel Wilde said in interviews at the time that scene in which his character turns and is narrowly missed by a spear was an accident that could have been gruesomely real, but the scene worked and was kept.See more »
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Continuity: In the scene where the cobra bites the warrior pursuer on the leg, the cobra vanishes from the scene immediately after striking. Obviously, it would be too dangerous to have the snake and the actors together.See more »
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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Disturbingly Realistic, 5 November 2006
Author: phatdan from United States

This is not a film for the squeamish. Footage of African elephants being gunned down was used in this film. Some of the most horrific brutality man can inflict on his fellow human being is depicted. How did they get a tribe to act out these ghastly portrayals? Were these practices once used? Binding someone, encasing them in mud, sticking a cylindrical device in their mouth so they can breathe, allowing the mud to harden, and then slow roasting them over a fire is much more than primitive. It is a scenario drawn out of the deepest recesses of depravity.

No suggestion of racism here. Both blacks and whites are hacked, speared, and cut to pieces. Thank goodness that part of the film is overshadowed by a thrilling chase through the wilds of Africa, which is the gist of the story.

It is easy to conclude that many black people have been offended by the imagery in this film. I was offended at the brutality. But, I was captivated by the desire to make this film believable. Even the music was traditional African. The humanity of the savage pursuers is manifested. And finally, the bond of humanity between the hunted and the hunter is suggested: as Cornel Wilde raises his hand to show respect to those who so eagerly tried to kill him, the lead hunter raises his hand as a gesture of respect and admiration. The same basic idea can be seen in the final scenes of Zulu Dawn. After the bloodshed, enemies become honored warriors.

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