The Naked Kiss (1964)
Kelly (Constance Towers), a prostitute who wants to transform her life, beats up her pimp, takes the 75 dollars he owes her, and leaves town. Winding up in the small town of Grantville, she turns a trick with Griff (Anthony Eisley), who is actually the sheriff. After paying her for sex, Griff tells Kelly that Grantville is a clean town and orders her out, though he refers her to a brothel in a neighboring city. Instead, Kelly makes a final break with her past and becomes a nurse's aide at the local children's hospital. In that capacity, she meets Grant (Michael Dante), who is a benefactor of the hospital, a descendant of the town's founder -- and Griff's best friend. As Grant and Kelly fall in love, Griff viciously accuses Kelly of using her hospital job to hide ongoing illicit activities. When Kelly tells Grant about her past, he seems to accept her without reservation and proposes marriage; however, Kelly soon learns the perverse truth about her fiancée and takes matters into her own hands. Samuel Fuller's raw film noir exposes the hypocrisy of a supposedly proper society. Beneath the veneer of respectability lies an exploitive abuse of power, no different from that of any pimp. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Kiss
Like Fuller, Kelly believes in the direct approach, and a good slap can get quick results.
uses it tabloid-sensational subject matter to probe at the country's darkest recesses
An audacious mix of cynicism, sleaze, sentimental gooeyness and social commentary, it's bizarre and at times an assault on the senses...
Fuller's The Naked Kiss is one of his oddest and most brutal works.
Fascinatingly perverse Sam Fuller film
Audience Reviews for The Naked Kiss
Fuller's take on melodrama is much more brutal. A very risque subject for it's time, this pulp classic holds up very well today.More
whoa. a great vehicle for constance towers and lurid as all hell. fuller strikes a blow for female empowerment.More
I have to believe that Sam Fuller just doesn't give a rat's ass about what the rest of the world thinks. He has a story to tell and he's going to tell it HIS way, style and etiquette be damned. You gotta respect a guy who has the huevos to make films that challenge convention.More
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