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The Naked Prey (1966)

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In the bush country of South Africa in the late 19th century, chauvinistic hunter Gert vanDen Bergh calculatedly offends a local tribal chief. Given several opportunities, he refuses to apologize. As consequence, vanDen Bergh and the rest of his hunting party are captured by the tribesmen and grotesquely tortured to death. The only white man spared is safari-guide Cornel Wilde, whom the natives respect and vice versa. The tribesmen offer Wilde a chance to survive; stripping him naked and giving him a knife to defend himself, they set Wilde free in the jungle, in preparation of hunting him down like a lion. Given a head start equal to the distance one of the tribesman can fire an arrow, Wilde is pursued by the tribe's six most accomplished warriors. The rest of this thrill-a-minute film follows Wilde into the underbrush in his desperate, resourceful flight for life. Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey was filmed entirely on location under circumstances nearly as dangerous as the plight of its protagonist.
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R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Paramount Home Video

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Cast

Cornel Wilde
as The Man
Ken Gampu
as Lead of the Warriors
Patrick Mynhardt
as Safari Overseer
Bella Randels
as Little Girl
Jose Sithole
as Warrior
Eric Sabela
as Warrior
Frank Mdhiuli
as Warriors
Joe Diaminl
as Warrior
Frank Mdhluli
as Warrior
Sandy Nkomo
as Warrior
Fusi Zazayokwe
as Warrior
John Marcus
as Warrior
Horace Gilman
as Warrior
Morrison Gampu
as Tribal Chief
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Prey

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Cornel Wilde impresses on both sides of the camera, giving a committed, physical performance in the lead and keeping the action lean and relentless as director

Full Review… | November 4, 2015
The Skinny

Taken as a lively adventure yarn, it's enjoyable, but the claims that there's more to it than that ring a little hollow.

Full Review… | October 15, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

offers a vision of survival at its starkest, boiled down to physical endurance, reflexes, and the desperate need to keep ahead of the foe snapping at your heels.

Full Review… | January 13, 2008
Slant Magazine

It's far-fetched nonsense, with a penchant for delivering the bloodthirsty details.

Full Review… | January 1, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has one of the better unending chase scenes for its day.

January 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Naked Prey

½

I suspect The Naked Prey is Cornel Wilde's answer to a mid-life crisis. It was his way of saying, "Look at me! I'm the producer, the director and the star." He even co-wrote the musical score. Wilde, as a character credited simply as 'the Man', spends the vast majority of his screen time running around Africa clad only in a small loincloth. Okay, so he had a pretty good physique for a 50 year old man, but come on! No middle-aged white man is going to outrun, outsmart, and outlast a war party of Zulu tribesmen in a footrace across the Serengeti. The Naked Prey is not a horrible film, in fact it's downright entertaining. But let's be absolutely truthful about calling it for what it is. It is 96 minutes of pure, unadulterated machismo.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

1966's version of Apocalypto. A great chase film that's a lot of fun.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

"No middle-aged white man is going to outrun, outsmart, and outlast a war party of Zulu tribesmen in a footrace across the Serengeti. The Naked Prey is not a horrible film, in fact it's downright entertaining. But let's be absolutely truthful about calling it for what it is. It is 96 minutes of pure, unadulterated machismo"...and so one of my buds here at flixsterino said quite truthfully, but we are talking about movies. fantasy. entertainment. and so, with that in mind, let me add that this film achieves. hemingway would love this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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