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The Naked Prey (1965)

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.

Director:

Cornel Wilde
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

12 December 1966 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

The African Adventure See more »

Filming Locations:

Botswana See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Even though Cornel Wilde's character is simply credited as "Man", Gert Van den Bergh's character calls him "Larry" twice in the early scenes of the film See more »

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Visible rubber treads are seen on the soles of the handmade sandals that Man steals from one of his pursuers. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995) See more »

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The Naked Prey
Sung by The Principal Warriors
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Superb film.
5 June 2001 | by andre645See all my reviews

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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