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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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Complete credited cast:
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Gert van den Bergh ... 2nd Man (as Gert van der Berg)
... 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
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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, turned loose like a wild beast ... a manhunt of indescribable terror and screaming suspense! See more »


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12 December 1966 (South Africa)  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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2.35 : 1
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Moments prior to Cornel Wilde's character finding water, a vehicle can clearly be seen driving behind some trees in the background. See more »

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When Wilde is set loose to be hunted he is naked, yet in close ups you can see bikini briefs that he is wearing. See more »

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A Nice Change
6 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Naked Prey is a member of the small number of films that reduce dialogue and fully utilize the visual medium to tell a tale. These movies frequently use natural settings and indigenous animals to express the apathy of the world to the struggles of an individual who is in crisis mode. The cinematography is engaging and the story is compelling.

Other films that aim for and achieve this rarified level of accomplishment are Quest for Fire (1981) and The Night of the Hunter (1955, the only movie directed by Charles Laughton, an academy award winning actor).

Naked Prey successfully achieves the often contradictory goals of simultaneously entertaining and providing an intelligent forum for discussion. It's a nice change, for a change.


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