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The Naked Prey (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 1966 (Norway)
During the 1800s, a safari guide, two elephant hunters and their crew run into trouble with the natives in the South African veld when they refuse to offer gifts to the tribesmen.


Cornel Wilde
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Man
Gert van den Bergh Gert van den Bergh ... 2nd Man (as Gert van der Berg)
Ken Gampu ... Leader of the Warriors
Patrick Mynhardt Patrick Mynhardt ... Safari Overseer / Slave Dealer / Irish Soldier
Bella Randles Bella Randles ... Little Girl
Morrison Gampu Morrison Gampu ... Tribe Leader
Sandy Nkomo Sandy Nkomo ... Warrior
Eric Mcanyana Eric Mcanyana ... Warrior
John Marcus John Marcus ... Warrior
Richard Mashiya Richard Mashiya ... Warrior
Franklyn Mdhluli Franklyn Mdhluli ... Warrior
Fusi Zazayokwe Fusi Zazayokwe ... Warrior
Joe Dlamini Joe Dlamini ... Warrior
Jose Sithole Jose Sithole ... Warrior
Horace Gilman Horace Gilman ... Warrior


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 xlr8d1

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Stripped, weaponless, alone and only ten desperate seconds ahead of the killers! See more »


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When Cornel Wilde leaves the fort at the start of the film with the other safari trackers, there are Gert Van Den Bergh, Patrick Mynhardt and Kevin Lee. When the group are attacked, the scene had to be carefully choreographed because many spears were going to be flying through the air. A sturdy cork mat was placed under Lee's safari jacket, with a thin steel line running from his jacket to Cornel Wilde's raised directorial platform, from where he shouted instructions and where the film crew were safe. Wilde had a spear which ran down the line and, once action had commenced, threw the speak which sank safely into Lee's back, and he fell. Other speaks (spears), not directed at specific targets, flew through the air, recklessly. One struck Lee in the foot, piercing through the leather boot of his right foot, and sank into his ankle, narrowly missing his Achilles tendon. When the scene was over, the doctor on standby, had to treat the wound and administer a tetanus injection. But it did put him out of the following scenes. Cornel Wilde was therefore not the only casualty on this movie. See more »


As the sun sets on the first day after the natives kill the impala, you can see a telephone pole on the left side of the screen. See more »


2nd Man: I've got a feeling about this safari, gonna make a killing.
Man: Well, let's hope so.
2nd Man: I've been thinking, after this I'd like to go into the slave trade. Heh, very lucrative. Very, very lucrative. Should go well with ivory.
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Spoofed in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sinister Urge (1994) See more »


The Naked Prey
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Another Variation on a Well Known Theme
26 December 2008 | by malvernpSee all my reviews

Way back in 1932---around the same time that Director Ernest B. Schoedsack was involved in production of the original classic "King Kong"----he also made another classic film entitled "The Most Dangerous Game (MDG)." Based on a famous story by Richard Connell, MDG tells the tale of a megalomaniac hunter who lives on a remote island. Ships would regularly end up wrecked on reefs near the island. Their passengers and crew would be rescued by our hunter----enjoy his sophisticated hospitality for a time---and then end up as prey as our crazy hunter indulges in his very perverse "sport." MDG starred a very young Joel McCrea and two members of the original "King Kong" cast----Fay (I never met a scream that I didn't like!) Wray and Robert Armstrong. At 63 minutes in length, MDG is the model of an exciting and compact thriller film.

Since the basic idea of someone being forced into the totally unexpected role of an innocent victim hunted down with the intention of becoming another's trophy kill is pretty powerful-----it has been remade into numerous films ("Game of Death," "Run for the Sun," etc.).

The plot device is essentially the same one that Cornel Wilde employed in his variation on MDG entitled "The Naked Prey" released some 34 years after the original film. Wilde makes his movie interesting by having a big game hunter becoming the hunted, and changing the megalomaniac hunter into a band of African tribesmen determined to chase down the Wilde character and do him in.

Wilde also indulges his film with numerous symbolic devices and sub-plot lines---but remains true to the basic premise of MDG. Survival is a battle of wits between the hunter(s) and the hunted, and only the most resourceful of preys can make it alive to the end of the tale.

Viewers who like "The Naked Prey" ought to seek out MDG to recognize yet again the practice often used by Warner Brothers in the 1930s: if the original film tells a good story, it is worth remaking----and remaking----and remaking......

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English | Afrikaans

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1966 (Norway) See more »

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Botswana See more »


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$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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2.35 : 1
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