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The Naked Kiss (1964)

The Naked Kiss (1964)




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Kelly, is a feminist who takes on the causes of abused women and disabled children. Originally a prostitute, she flees from the city to a small town where she reforms after she looks in the mirror and sees "nothing but the buck, the bed, and the bottle for the rest of my life." She falls in love with Grant (Michael Dante), the town's philanthropist and most eligible bachelor, but a sinister secret he's hiding mars their chance for a happy ending.
Classics , Drama
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Betty Bronson
as Miss Josephine
Linda Francis
as Rembrandt
Patty Robinson
as Angel Face
Neyle Morrow
as Officer Sam
Monte Mansfield
as Farlunde
Fletcher Fist
as Barney
Gerald Milton
as Zookie
Breena Howard
as Redhead
Sally Mills
as Marshmallow
Edy Williams
as Hatrack
Michael Barrere
as Young Delinquent
Sheila Mintz
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Kiss

All Critics (13)

... arguably the most aggressively defiant film of his career.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

Like Fuller, Kelly believes in the direct approach, and a good slap can get quick results.

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

uses it tabloid-sensational subject matter to probe at the country's darkest recesses

Full Review… | January 23, 2011
Q Network Film Desk

An audacious mix of cynicism, sleaze, sentimental gooeyness and social commentary, it's bizarre and at times an assault on the senses...

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Parallax View

Fuller's The Naked Kiss is one of his oddest and most brutal works.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

It's Sirk-on-a-shoestring, and twice as cynical.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Naked Kiss

Good performances and all, but there's one major problem which I couldn't overlook.

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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.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

whoa. a great vehicle for constance towers and lurid as all hell. fuller strikes a blow for female empowerment.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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