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The Naked Prey

Cornel Wilde , Gert van den Bergh , Cornel Wilde    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur, Cornel Wilde created a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, in the sixties and seventies, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends an African tribe, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. Only Wilde's marksman is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he embarks on a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle, back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camerawork and unflinching savagery, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the notion of civilization.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Does Not Mean Defenseless Aug. 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Most films which have the basic premise of a white man battling native Africans somewhere in the Dark Continent usually portray these natives as nameless, unmotivated ugga-mugga tribesmen whose only purpose in life seems to be able to toss missionaries into a round cooking pot. Thankfully, Cornel Wilde acts in and directs himself in THE NAKED PREY, a movie that is as astoundingly gripping as any film whose plot revolves around the hero's struggle for survival in a savage environment.
Wilde is a guide whose safari of foolish white hunters antagonizes some ferocious natives, who proceed to kill the hunters in a variety of graphically nasty ways. The natives allow Wilde a head start, then chase him. It is this chase that forms the bulk of the movie. Along the way, Wilde shows the natives (and the audience) that a near naked white man can still be a formidable foe. The pursuing natives, led by Ken Gampu, are a diverse lot, not all of whom are as dedicated to the chase as he is. They have numbers, food, knives. Wilde has only his fierce determination to live. What starts out as a standard chase movie, morphs quickly enough into another sort of chase. This time, though, it is Wilde who starts calling the shots about who is chasing whom. THE NAKED PREY is full of magnificent vignettes of survival on the African plain. This is no jungle movie. It is an engrossing film that allows the camera frequent panoramic sweeps over vast desert plains that are quite capable of supporting life if one only knows how. The natives are astonished that Wilde's knowledge is at least as full as theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cornel Wilde is `The Man' Jan. 7 2003
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This overlooked gem directed by and starring one-time Olympic fencer Cornel Wilde concerns a knowledgeable safari guide (known only as The Man) whose greedy client gets him into a slew of trouble when he refuses to pay tribute to a band of Zulus while hunting elephants in Africa. The Zulus return en masse and take the white hunters prisoner, torturing them to death in a variety of ingenious ways. Recognizing Wilde as being made of stouter stuff than his companions, they strip him naked and cut him loose with the intent of hunting him down. But their generosity backfires when Wilde up and kills one of them. What follows is one of the greatest pursuit movies of all time as the vengeful Zulu hunters chase the Man across the savannah in a race to reach a remote British fort. The Man has to use every ounce of human ingenuity to stave off his relentless pursuers, as well as to contend with various random perils (pissed off wildlife, starvation, and slavers, to name a few).
This was filmed entirely in Africa and Wilde makes great use of the rich locales. The hunt is juxtaposed at various times with real footage of animals contending with each other in the natural world, and there are some pretty memorable scenes here alone (including the snaring of a flying sparrow by a tree climbing viper!). This is a 2:35:1 movie, but you?ll be hard pressed to see it that way. I think there is a laserdisc, but no DVD. If you can, catch it on AMC until they come out with a well-deserved DVD version, because the widescreen format is well-used here, serving to encompass a panorama of natural beauty.
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Actor/director Cornel Wilde has fashioned a tight, well crafted adventure story of survival in the African bush with "The Naked Prey". The story involves the capture of a party of white trophy hunters by a tribe of native Africans, who are gruesomely tortured to death one-by-one. Cornel Wilde, whose clothes had been removed by the natives in preparation of his execution, succeeds in escaping (hence the title of the movie). The rest of the film involves his fight for survival in the wilderness while being pursued by a group of native warriors.
The film starts out slowly but the tension builds as the white hunters ignore and insult the natives that they see as harmless. The scenes of torture and death are quite graphic for a mid-60's film and because of this the film is not for family viewing. The movie really takes off once Cornel Wilde escapes and his fight for survival is as realistic as it is gruesome.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favorites April 5 2004
By Resa
Format:VHS Tape
I accidentally caught this movie late at night when I was a kid...and found it the most gripping movie I had ever seen. 30 years later my opinion has not changed one bit. After an hour into the movie, I remember finding myself amazed at how much I cared about the characters and how strongly their personalities came through - even with virtually no dialogue!! This is perhaps one of the most underrated movies in the latter half of the 20th century. Other reviewers here have already done an exceptional job of running down the highlights, so I need not do the same.
This film leaves me with 2 questions that I would love someone to answer. First, why do they not make movies like this anymore? And second, when oh when will this come out on DVD??
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... it a five star for the acting was quite good. A tough one to run...
I give it a five star for the acting was quite good. A tough one to run thru the bushes as he did!
Published 7 days ago by Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Prey
The story line is very interesting. I was interested that this story originated in North America. Although the movie is dated it still holds your attention to the very end. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Raymond G Chegwidden
3.0 out of 5 stars Hunters and the hunted
Cornel Wilde portrays a white hunter captured by African hunters who then make him their prey. He's given a chance to run away, but not much chance for survival. Read more
Published on April 12 2009 by Guy L. Storms
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the oldies are the freshest
Tarantino wishes he could make a movie like this---exact opposite of his over-dialogued palgiarisms, this gem has almost no dialogue! Read more
Published on June 20 2003
A true rarity in the action/adventure genre, this film lingers in the viewer's mind long after it's over. Haunting. Satisfying. At times even moving. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Joseph Murillo
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent DVD Prospect!
... I found it an impressive tale of survival in the great African wilderness. A genuinely savage story of the survival of the fittest, whom in this white movie happens to be the... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by L. A. Mandeville
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adventure
I am looking for it to DVD please !
Published on June 3 2002 by Do Dung
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NAKED PREY
One of the best movies I've seen,I really enjoyed it.Very realistic and well made,for its time.Cornel Wildes direction was superb.
Published on Oct. 9 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and exciting story of survival and courage!
I first saw this film in the theatre as a teenager. It really packed a wallop then and is still very compelling. The action is well choreographed and the photography is beautiful. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired exotica
Let's be real. What gives this movie its "charm" is the fact that it plays on and reinforces every Western bias about the dangerous "otherness" of African... Read more
Published on July 11 2001 by "carlspeigle"
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