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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.

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Cornel Wilde
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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 »


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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 System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the commentary track on the DVD, film scholar Stephen Prince reveals that the warrior pursuers speak a Nguni dialect. Nguni is a group of Bantu languages common to southeast Africa. See more »

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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 Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995) See more »

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The Naked Prey
Sung by The Principal Warriors
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The Naked Prey as pure cinema
17 May 2006 | by sfoxlySee all my reviews

The Naked Prey is one of my favorite adventure movies. It is pure visual cinema. By that I mean the film can be shown anywhere in the world to any age audience without translations or sub-titles. Everyone viewing the action will understand everything that is happening on the screen whether they understand the languages or not. Like the movie Zulu, the antagonists are African tribesmen, but in both films, I never had the sense the natives were evil villains. Rather, the story is about the clash between two alien cultures, a life-or-death struggle that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Like Psycho, The Naked Prey should be taught in every film class around the world. It is perfect and pure just the way it is.


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