The Naked Kiss


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.

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Critic Reviews for The Naked Kiss

All Critics (13)

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

Mar 25, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Feb 26, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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

Jan 23, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jan 18, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Sep 20, 2007 | Full Review…

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

May 1, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Naked Kiss


Nothing rings remotely true in this outdated pulp neo-noir - not the gorgeous and ridiculously cultivated prostitute with a golden heart, not the embarrassing plot full of moralizing and certainly not the absurd ending that wants to make us feel good about the murder of a pedophile.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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

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familiar stranger

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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

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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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